People who enjoy jogging realize that incurring a running injury is one of the most upsetting things that can happen to their running regime. Injuries can occur in both experienced and new runners, and there are methods that can be done to help prevent them. Many injuries happen due to overuse. The heel is often affected, and a condition known as plantar fasciitis can happen from excess pressure that is put on the heels. A stress fracture is a common injury to obtain while running which is a hairline break in the foot. This typically develops gradually and can be prevented by taking time off between runs. Many people have learned to increase speed and distance slowly, in addition to eating healthy and stretching before and after a run. If you would like more information about how to prevent running injuries, please ask a podiatrist who can provide you with helpful tips.
All runners should take extra precaution when trying to avoid injury. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Adriana Strimbu, DPM of Florida. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.
How to Prevent Running Injuries
There are a lot of mistakes a runner can make prior to a workout that can induce injury. A lot of athletes tend to overstretch before running, instead of saving those workouts for a post-run routine. Deep lunges and hand-to-toe hamstring pulls should be performed after a workout instead of during a warmup. Another common mistake is jumping into an intense routine before your body is physically prepared for it. You should try to ease your way into long-distance running instead of forcing yourself to rush into it.
More Tips for Preventing Injury
- Incorporate Strength Training into Workouts - This will help improve the body’s overall athleticism
- Improve and Maintain Your Flexibility – Stretching everyday will help improve overall performance
- “Warm Up” Before Running and “Cool Down” Afterward – A warm up of 5-10 minutes helps get rid of lactic acid in the muscles and prevents delayed muscle soreness
- Cross-Training is Crucial
- Wear Proper Running Shoes
- Have a Formal Gait Analysis – Poor biomechanics can easily cause injury
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Hallandale Beach, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.