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What Causes Running Injuries?

Tuesday, 08 March 2022 00:00

Running can be great exercise but must be done with care to prevent injuries that can keep you off your feet. The most common cause of running injuries is overtraining. If you run too many miles, too quickly, and too often, you put an enormous amount of strain on your feet and ankles, significantly increasing your risk of injury. To stop this from happening, remember that slow and steady wins the race. Increase the distance, speed, or frequency of your runs one by one and slowly over time. Another common culprit behind running injuries is wearing the wrong shoes. Look for running shoes that fit properly and offer cushioning and support. If you’re a runner, a podiatrist can help you by treating any existing foot or ankle issues, prescribing orthotics if needed, and educating you about injury prevention. 

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 Dr. Gordon Fosdick of Affiliated Foot Care Center. 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 offices located in Middlefield and Wallingford, CT . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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