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Common Running Injuries and Prevention Strategies

Tuesday, 23 January 2024 00:00

Engaging in running offers numerous health benefits, but it also comes with the risk of encountering common injuries that can sideline even the most dedicated runners. One common issue is plantar fasciitis, causing heel pain. This condition is often a result of overuse or improper footwear. Regular stretching and wearing supportive shoes can be preventive measures. Achilles tendinitis, involving inflammation of the Achilles tendon, emphasizes the importance of gradual training increments and proper footwear. Prioritizing rest, cross-training, and incorporating strength exercises into one's routine can significantly reduce the risk of these common running injuries, ensuring a more enjoyable and injury-free running experience. If you are experiencing foot, toe, or ankle injuries related to running, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can recommend effective treatment options.

All runners should take extra precaution when trying to avoid injury. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Dr. Kendall Blackwell of InStride Wilson Podiatry Associates. 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 Wilson, NC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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