Many people take up running to get in shape or lose weight. Running is an easy form of exercise to do, because the only real equipment you need is a good pair of running shoes. Choosing the proper footwear is essential, making sure that you consider size, fit, cushioning, and support. A podiatrist can offer advice on the correct footwear to get you started. It is also a good idea to walk before you run, easing into it with 10- to 30-minute walks before including running. Experts suggest running twice a week at first and increasing time, distance and speed incrementally. To help avoid injury, warming up before you start increases blood flow to the muscles and helps prevent cramps and strains. Afterward, be sure to stretch and cool down. If you have any specific foot or ankle problems or previous injuries, it is suggested that you see a podiatrist for guidance on how to run safely.
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 the foot specialists of NYC Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctors 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 office located in New York . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.