Preventing running injuries involves improving your form through targeted exercises. Incorporate core workouts such as glute bridges and side planks to bolster strength, balance, and stability, reducing the risk of overuse injuries. Maintain an erect spine, lengthen through the crown of your head, and perform head and neck exercises to build the strength necessary for good posture and a forward gaze. Pay attention to arm movement, keeping elbows bent at a 90 degree angle, and swing your arms forward and backward while avoiding crossing or twisting. In addition to these form improving practices, focus on improving hip and ankle mobility to reduce low back and knee injuries, and increase your steps per minute to minimize stress on your body. Gradually increase the duration, intensity, and frequency of your runs, and take breaks for muscle pain or injuries. Additionally, wear appropriate running shoes, avoiding overly cushioned options, and replace them regularly to ensure optimal support. If you are experiencing foot, toe, or ankle pain from running, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam and suggested treatment options.
All runners should take extra precaution when trying to avoid injury. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists of The Podiatry Center, PC. Our doctors 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 Millburn, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.