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Foot Health for Runners

Tuesday, 23 April 2024 00:00

Common running injuries such as Achilles tendinitis, plantar fasciitis, and stress fractures can sideline runners and hinder training progress. Achilles tendinitis involves inflammation of the Achilles tendon, often caused by overuse, improper footwear, or inadequate stretching. Plantar fasciitis, characterized by heel pain due to inflammation of the plantar fascia, typically arises from excessive running, poor foot mechanics, or inadequate support. Stress fractures, tiny cracks in bones resulting from repetitive impact, often occur in the feet or lower legs due to sudden increases in training intensity or duration. To prevent these injuries, runners should gradually increase mileage, wear appropriate footwear, incorporate strength and flexibility exercises, and listen to their bodies for signs of overtraining. A podiatrist can provide valuable assistance by assessing foot biomechanics and recommending proper footwear or orthotics. Additionally, these types of doctors can prescribe tailored rehabilitation exercises, and offer guidance on training modifications to prevent recurrence and promote optimal foot health for runners. If you have sustained an injury while running, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment.

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 Pete O’Donald, DPM of Texas. 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 Nederland, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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