Many people enjoy the sports of running and jogging, and are generally aware of the importance of preventing running injuries. These types of injuries can include ankle sprains, plantar fasciitis, and stress fractures, which typically can cause severe pain and discomfort. Research has indicated the importance of stopping the activity that caused the injury, as this may allow ample time for the affected foot to heal. It is beneficial to drink plenty of water, and accelerate slowly when jogging or running. Additionally, it may help to perform specific stretching techniques before embarking on a run, as this may help to keep the muscles flexible. If you enjoy running, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist to learn about how running injuries may affect the feet.
All runners should take extra precaution when trying to avoid injury. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Dr. Kennedy Legel of Advanced Foot & Ankle Care Specialists. 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 Dallas, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.