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Gregory Loo, DPM Board Certified Podiatrist and Surgeon

Preventing Running Injuries Is Crucial

Tuesday, 18 July 2023 00:00

Having an injury can cause runners to become upset, realizing they may have to stop running or jogging so their body can heal properly. This may be avoided when correct running prevention techniques are implemented. It is beneficial to take the necessary time to perform a warm up and cool down before and after any running activity, which may be successful in protecting the feet. Additionally, running injuries may be avoided when mileage and distance are increased gradually, and it may help to use proper form while running. Incorporating strength training exercises is a good method in keeping the muscles and bones strong, and there are multiple ways this can be accomplished. The soles of the feet can become stronger when they are rolled on a foam roller or frozen water bottle. This may be helpful in breaking up existing scar tissue, and generally loosening the feet up before embarking on a running routine. If you would like more information about how to protect the feet and prevent running injuries, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist.

All runners should take extra precaution when trying to avoid injury. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Gregory T. Loo, DPM of Elite Podiatry. 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 one of our offices located in Ahwatukee, and Phoenix, AZ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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