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Common Running Injuries and Prevention

Tuesday, 29 August 2023 00:00

Running, a pursuit of both fitness and freedom, can sometimes lead us down a path of unexpected injuries. These common setbacks can put a temporary halt to our stride. Plantar fasciitis, which is characterized by stabbing heel pain, can result from overpronation and wearing inadequate footwear. Achilles tendonitis, an inflammation of the Achilles tendon, can occur due to overuse or tight calf muscles. Preventing running injuries involves a balanced approach consisting of a proper warm up, cross-training to avoid overuse, and a gradual increase in training. Additionally, it is beneficial to maintain strong core muscles, and invest in quality footwear. Acknowledging these risks empowers runners to take proactive steps towards injury-free and enjoyable runs. If you would like more information about how running injuries can affect the feet and how to prevent them, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can provide you with the knowledge you are seeking.

All runners should take extra precaution when trying to avoid injury. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Gregory Rorick, DPM of Rorick Podiatry, PC. 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 New York Mills, Utica, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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