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Tips for Beginning Runners to Prevent Injury

Tuesday, 18 April 2023 00:00

Running as a physical activity can be extremely beneficial to overall health. It can also be a source of injury and pain. For that reason, beginning runners are wise to learn how to protect themselves from harm. First, it may be a good idea to check in with a medical professional before undertaking this strenuous activity. Next, establishing a running routine for maximum safety is encouraged. Starting out slowly with a walk-run is wise, including warming up and cooling down exercises before and after a run. Probably the most important element of safety in running is investing in proper footwear. Wearing shoes especially built for running is not only practical, it is necessary for the health of your toes, feet, and ankles. Further, the type of surface you choose to run on factors into the choice of footwear. Existing foot or ankle ailments may also play a role in shoe selection, and experts suggest having two or more pairs of shoes that can be alternated.  Cross-training with activities, such as swimming, is a good way to give the feet and legs a rest between runs and help ward off injury. For more information on preventing injury from running, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist.

All runners should take extra precaution when trying to avoid injury. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Dr. George Yarnell of Pennsylvania. Our doctor 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 office located in Lansdowne, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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