Tuesday, 13 December 2022 00:00

Tips for Preventing Running Injuries

Preventing running injuries is very important to people who enjoy this type of activity. Studies suggest that approximately half of all runners incur at least one injury per year, and many must temporarily cease running so proper healing can begin. A running injury can happen from the repeated physical stress that is put on the bones, muscles, and tendons which could lead to a stress fracture or broken ankle. Another common cause for a running injury occurs when increasing mileage and speed too quickly. Experts inform us that it is best to increase mileage and intensity on different days and to do this gradually. Many people who like to run understand the importance of recharging for a day between runs and this helps give the legs and feet a chance to rest. Most runners also understand the signals their body gives them when they are overtraining, which may consist of an increased heart rate, feeling excessively tired, or they may have trouble sleeping. If you plan on incorporating running into your weekly routine, it is advised that you speak with a podiatrist who can help with correct running injury prevention techniques.

All runners should take extra precaution when trying to avoid injury. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Kristopher Jerry, DPM of Podiatry Health Services . 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 offices located in Port St Lucie, Stuart, and Hollywood, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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