Running is a fantastic way to stay fit, boost cardiovascular health, and enjoy the great outdoors. Despite its many benefits, running can also take a toll on your feet and ankles. More than 80 percent of running injuries are attributed to repetitive stress, making it important for runners to be aware of the potential pitfalls and methods to prevent and address them. The repetitive impact of every foot strike during your runs can put significant stress on your muscles, joints, and connective tissues, increasing the risk of injury. Foot injuries are a significant concern for runners. Plantar fasciitis, metatarsalgia, and stress fractures are some of the more common conditions that can affect the feet. These injuries can cause intense pain, particularly during the push off phase of running. Ankles are susceptible to sprains, strains, and ligament injuries in runners. Running on uneven terrain and wearing improper footwear can contribute to these injuries, which may result in instability and limited mobility. If you experience pain or discomfort in the feet or ankles from your running, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam, diagnosis, and tips for preventing injuries.
Exercising your feet regularly with the proper foot wear is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Judson Siegel, DPM of Assabet Family Podiatry. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.
How to Prevent Running Injuries
Many common running injuries are caused by overuse and overtraining. When the back of the kneecap starts wearing out and starts causing pain in your knee, this is commonly referred to as runner’s knee. Runner’s knee is a decrease in strength in your quadriceps and can occur if you’re not wearing properly fitted or supporting shoes. To prevent runner’s knee, focusing on hip strengthening is a good idea, as well as strengthening your quads to keep the kneecaps aligned.
What Are Some Causes of Running Injuries?
- One cause of a common running injury is called iliotibial band syndrome.
- Plantar fasciitis is also another common injury.
- Stress fractures can occur from overtraining, lack of calcium, or even your running style.
Best Ways to Prevent Running Injuries
- Wear footwear that fits properly and suits your running needs.
- Running shoes are the only protective gear that runners have to safeguard them from injury.
- Make a training schedule. Adding strengthening exercises as well as regular stretching can help keep you strong and limber and can lessen the possibility of injuries.
- Stretching keeps muscles limber; this will help you gain better flexibility.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Plainville, Marlborough, and Somerset, MA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.