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Ways to Lower the Risk of Running Injuries

One of the main causes of running injuries is simply overdoing it. Experts believe that at least 70 percent of runners develop overuse injuries at some point each year. Typically, such an injury is the result of running too far, too fast, or too soon after a previous injury. Luckily, there are ways to reduce the likelihood of this outcome. First, if you are a beginning runner, it is wise to start slow and alternate running and walking. Running experts recommend increasing mileage by no more than 10 percent per week. Furthermore, it is thought that running more than 45 miles in a week can put a runner at greater risk of an overuse injury. Replacing running shoes every 500 miles is acknowledged as a best practice among runners. Additionally, it is helpful to avoid uneven and slanted running surfaces, or running through pain. In fact, if you experience pain, it is thought wise to rest for a few days. If the pain returns when you run again, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist who can take a history of your running habits, examine your feet, and determine the source of the pain. Treatment options will also be explored.  

All runners should take extra precaution when trying to avoid injury. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Vivian C. Iwu, DPM of Choice Podiatry Center. 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 Marietta, GA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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