Anyone who takes up running as a way to keep fit is well advised by experts to make sure they have the proper shoes for that activity. But in some cases, one pair of running shoes may not be enough. In fact, it is suggested that anyone running more than four or more times per week rotate their running shoes. The main reasons given are to lower the risk of injuries, improve performance, and increase the lifespan of the shoes. Studies show that rotating your running shoes can reduce injuries by 40 percent. This is mainly due to lowering the repetitive stress factor. Further, because different types of running call for different types of shoes, it is wise to have several pairs. For instance, you may need a shoe with more cushioning for a harder run than for an easier run. Experts also suggest paying attention to the midsole foam content of your shoes, because compression may be a source of injury. For more information on finding the right running shoes, please consult a podiatrist.
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 Devin Bland, DPM of Prestige Medical Care. 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 our office located in Phoenix, AZ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.