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Proper Form, Exercises, and Shoes May Help to Prevent Running Injuries

Tuesday, 11 October 2022 00:00

People who enjoy the sport of running are all too familiar with attempting to prevent running injuries. This may be accomplished by performing proper strength training exercises, in addition to wearing the right shoes and having proper form. Research has shown the number of running injuries that are encountered may be related to how many injuries have happened in the past, in addition to possibly having foot problems. Many people get hurt as a result of increasing speed and mileage too quickly, in addition to not warming up and cooling down properly. Performing strength training exercises for the feet and body may help considerably reduce the number of running injuries. If you are interested in learning more about how running injuries can affect the feet and how to prevent them, please consult with a podiatrist. 

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 Foot & Ankle Institue. 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 St. George, Hurricane, and Cedar City, UT and Mesquite, NV . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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