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Ways Runners Can Help Prevent Injuries

Tuesday, 01 February 2022 00:00

Runners often sustain foot injuries that can range from stress fractures to sprained ankles. However, there are many ways to help prevent them. The best method to implement is to warm up and stretch the feet and legs before running and to include a regular cool-down routine afterward. Second, start at a modest pace and add time and distance gradually, so your feet and the rest of your body can accommodate the changes. Third, be sure to wear shoes that are specifically designed for running, as this can help to avoid heel, ankle, and toe injuries. If you sustain such an injury while running, it’s a good idea to stop the activity until you can determine the cause and severity. Pushing through the pain can make it worse. Wrap your foot and ice it. Keep it elevated. It is a good idea to make an appointment with a podiatrist as quickly as possible for a diagnosis and appropriate treatment plan. 

All runners should take extra precaution when trying to avoid injury. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists of Summerlin Foot & Ankle. Our doctors 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 Las Vegas, NV . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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