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Drinking Water and Stretching May Help to Prevent Running Injuries

Preventing injuries to the feet is an important part of the running routine. Avid runners often know the importance of tracking their shoes’ mileage, and many will have at least two pairs. The average running shoe is replaced between 300 and 500 miles and may vary with individual gaits, or running styles. It is beneficial to properly warm up and cool down before and after running. Dynamic stretching, consisting of side shuffles, walking, and lunges are done before running, and static stretches can be done after the run. These are stretches that target the glutes, calves, and hamstrings and are beneficial in keeping the body loose. Muscle cramps may be prevented by drinking plenty of water before, during, and after running.  On the days when the body is resting from running, many people choose to add a full-body workout, which is an effective way of building muscular endurance. If you would like additional information about how running injuries can affect the feet and how to prevent them, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist. 

All runners should take extra precaution when trying to avoid injury. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact the foot specialists of Certified Foot Care. 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 Larchmont and Brooklyn, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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