Running is a popular sport that is pursued, especially in the warmer months. Research has indicated it is beneficial to take the time to properly warm up, as this is important in preventing running injuries. An effective way to possibly prevent an injury is gradually increasing the amount of running that is done, in addition to performing specific stretching exercises before and after each run. It is helpful to be as strong as possible, and this can be accomplished by lifting weights, and incorporating healthy foods into your diet. Many people find it helpful to use a foam roller that can increase flexibility, and a medicine ball can be used for several strength exercises. Please consult with a podiatrist for information about how running injuries can impact the feet, and how to prevent them.
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 Westside Podiatry Center, LLP. 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 one of our offices located in Liverpool, Camillus, Skaneateles, and Oswego, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.Read more about Preventing Running Injuries