Running as a way to get in shape seems so easy, just put on your shoes and run. However, it’s not that simple if you want to prevent injuries. Experts on running suggest a number of ways to start out safely and stay injury free. First and foremost is finding supportive shoes designed for running, not walking. They should provide ample cushioning, and arch support, and fit your foot well. Next, be sure to warm up properly before you set out to run and cool down when you finish. Start slow and gradually build up time, distance, and speed. Many running injuries among beginners are caused by doing too much, too soon. Experts suggest increasing no more than 10 percent a week. It may help to seek the guidance of a running group that can offer practical tips for healthy running. To be on the safe side, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist for a checkup on your feet before undertaking this strenuous activity. This foot doctor can also offer recommendations on proper footwear guidelines to follow.
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 Quad Cities Foot and Ankle Associates. 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 our offices located in Bettendorf, and DeWitt, IA and Rock Island, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.