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How Can I Prevent Running Injuries?

Whether you are new to the sport or have been running for years, injuries to the feet and ankles are common in runners. Luckily, there are preventative measures you can take to avoid some of the most common injuries that affect runners, such as plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, and stress fractures. It is recommended that you do a warm-up prior to exercising. Doing a warm-up will loosen up your joints, increase blood flow to your muscles, and prepare your nervous system for exercise. Adding strength training to your exercise regimen, specifically exercises targeting the hips, glutes, quads, and feet can also help reduce the risk of injuries. You may want to stretch regularly as well, ideally after every workout, to reduce soreness and maintain your flexibility and range of motion. If you do injure your feet or ankles, it is recommended that you seek medical care from a podiatrist.

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 Princeton Foot & 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 one of our offices located in Princeton and West Windsor, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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