Running is a very popular activity in the summer and all it takes is a decent pair of athletic shoes and a nice place to go for a run. While running is an excellent cardiovascular exercise, repetitive stress and pressure can contribute to problems with your feet and ankles including plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, and ankle sprains.
You can help prevent running injuries with the following guidelines:
- Wear the proper athletic shoes—Properly fitted running shoes with the right cushioning and arch support are essential for keeping your feet healthy during a run.
- Warm up and cool down—Stretch your muscles, ligaments and tendons before and after a run to help prevent injuries.
- Take it easy—As with any exercise program, if you are just getting started, take it easy at first. Many foot and ankle injuries occur to people who try to do too much too fast before their bodies are used to the extra pressure.
- Use custom orthotic inserts—These inserts are made to fit your unique foot shape and are used to correct poor gait mechanics and to treat many other foot conditions. They can also alleviate pain in your knees, hips, and back.
- Stay properly hydrated—Drinking plenty of healthy fluids before, during, and after a run will help prevent cramps and thirst.
If you need help with shoe selection or to treat a running injury, contact your foot doctor. At Your Next Step, our team of board-certified podiatrists has access to advanced technologies, along with years of experience, to help diagnose and treat a variety of foot and ankle problems, including sports injuries, joint pain, toe deformities, nail fungus, chronic tendon pain, and skin problems. Dr. Eric Ricefield, Dr. Mark Yagodich and Dr. Aliza V. Eisen provide high-quality foot and ankle care to patients in the greater Philadelphia area at our offices conveniently located in Ardmore, Paoli, Woodlyn, and Downingtown. Please contact us for more information or to schedule an appointment.