Running for many is a passion, a means of clearing the mind and blowing off steam while building muscle all over the body. However, it is important to cross train regularly to avoid running injury. Cross training lets your feet rest while providing maintenance on the rest of the body. Attempting lower aerobic exercises such as cycling reduces the chances of stress fractures and other injuries in the feet while maintaining endurance.
Running injuries, even with proper precautions, can still occur in many runners. If you are suffering from a running injury, visit one of our podiatrists from Foot HealthCare Associates. Our doctors will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.
How to Avoid 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 Avoid 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 Michigan.. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.