If you need a more accessible version of this website, click this button on the right.Switch to Accessible Site
Now offering TELEMEDICINE appointments for all patients. Call the office for details.
Request Tele-med Appointment

Preventing Running Injuries With Gradual Changes

Tuesday, 17 January 2023 00:00

When an individual engages in running, it is possible that they may develop some kind of foot injury if the necessary measures are not taken. For instance, if the runner does not use proper form, they may be setting themselves up for a foot injury. However, runners may also be increasing the risk of injuring their feet by quickly or suddenly changing the nature of their workout. Namely, if a runner suddenly and dramatically increases the mileage of their daily run, then this might yield detrimental consequences. Instead of dramatically doubling or tripling the mileage, a runner might consider slowly and gradually increasing the mileage by 10% increments. This ensures that the feet are able to adapt to the longer distance. If you are a runner and are interested in protecting the feet, schedule an appointment with a podiatrist today.

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 Deepa Bhatt-Montoya, DPM of Chicago Podiatric Surgeons. Our doctor 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 one of our offices located in Chicago, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

Read more about How to Prevent Running Injuries
Connect with us
 Follow Chicago Podiatric Surgeons on Facebook Follow Chicago Podiatric Surgeons on Twitter Foot Care & Podiatry Blog of Illinois Foot Surgeons

Latest Illinois Podiatry Blog Posts