Both walking and running are beneficial exercise for your feet and your body, both of which contribute toward weight loss. However, running is more strenuous, leading to an increased risk of injury. Running “produces ground reaction forces of approximately 2.5 times body weight compared to 1.2 times that for walking,” according to the article. Because of this, it’s important to build up your overall muscles and take breaks when needed. Starting new exercises, especially as intense as running, requires time for your body to adapt so that injury can be prevented.
Runners can still be prone to running injuries even with proper precautions. If you are suffering from a running injury, contact one of our podiatrists of the Foot and Ankle Associates of North Carolina, PLLC. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep your pain free and on your feet.
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 Ahoskie, Durham, Raleigh, and Rocky Mount, NC. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.