Running can be an exciting and invigorating way to maintain your health and keep yourself in good shape. However, if you are not properly taking care of your body before, during, and after the run, you may be setting yourself up for a painful foot injury. One way in which you can be proactive in preventing potential running injuries is by performing foot and lower leg exercises. These exercises might help strengthen muscles and improve the agility of your feet when running, making injuries less likely. One exercise is known as calf stretches. Stand facing a wall and put both hands on the wall. Get into a lunge-like position. Slowly and slightly bend your back knee down so that you can lean into the wall. You will feel a gentle stretch in your upper calf. If you want to stretch the lower parts of the calf, you can perform this calf stretch exercise with both feet closer to the wall. You might consider performing this muscle-strengthening exercise shortly after a run. To stretch and strengthen your toes, you might perform the toe spread exercise. When you are in a seated position, wrap a rubber band around your toes. Spread your toes and hold the spread position for a few seconds. You can repeat this exercise on both feet several times. These are just some exercises that might help you prevent a running injury. For more information, reach out to a podiatrist.
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 one of our podiatrists of Fox Valley Foot and Ankle Specialists. Our doctors 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 Naperville, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.