Running Injuries Can Be Prevented with Simple Precautions

There are precautions that one may take in order to avoid injuries. Some of these precautions include refraining from running on certain surface types. For example, cement and downhill ramps should be avoided since these surfaces can lend themselves to foot and knee injuries. In fact, runners might want to keep the weather in mind when it comes to running. Running in the heat can pose serious health risks, such as dehydration and heat stroke.

Adequate hydration is imperative to running, regardless of the climate. Runners should also stretch before and after running to prevent muscle pulls and prepare the body. The right set of stretches helps keep runners strong and injury free.

All runners are susceptible to accidental injuries. If you’re a runner and you’d like to learn how to protect yourself from getting hurt, see podiatrist Dr. Andrew H. Cohen, D.P.M. of Mid-Michigan Foot and Ankle Center. Dr. Cohen can 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. Runner’s knee usually is treated with strengthening exercises focusing on the quad muscles and sports orthotic. To prevent runner’s knee, focusing on hip strengthening is a good idea, as well as strengthening your quads to keep the kneecaps aligned. Physical therapy can help you learn the best exercises to heal runner’s knee.

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.
- Stretching keeps muscles limber, this will help you gain better flexibility.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices, located in Saginaw and Essexville, MI. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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