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Preventing the Most Common Running Injuries

Tuesday, 07 September 2021 00:00

Runners often find themselves with injuries to their feet and ankles. Some of the most common injuries a runner may face include plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, and shin splints. Plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the ligament that runs along the bottom of the foot, can be prevented by wearing supportive, well-made running shoes, using orthotic inserts, and maintaining a healthy body weight. Achilles tendinitis, which causes calf pain, can be prevented by strengthening the calf muscles and resting when you notice any discomfort or pain in the calves. Shin splints, which cause sharp pain along the shin bone due to overuse, can be prevented by wearing shock-absorbing running shoes and training on proper running terrain. To learn more about the prevention and treatment of common running injuries, please consult with a podiatrist. 

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 Abeer M. Foteh, DPM of Greater Houston Foot Centers. Our doctor 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 Baytown, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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