It’s a proven fact that runners are more likely to suffer an injured foot and ankle.It’s been said that the most frequent types of injuries among runners are foot and ankle related. Some of these injuries include (but are not limited to); Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, and metatarsalgia.
Achilles tendonitis occurs when the Achilles tendon becomes inflamed while plantar fasciitis also involves inflammation of the plantar fascia in the heel and sole of the foot. Another injury known as metatarsalgia, occurs in the balls of the feet and is characterized by pain that’s made worse by standing or flexing.
Unfortunately, running injuries can’t always be prevented. If you have a running injury, see podiatrist Dr. Bryant A. Tarr, D.P.M. of Sudbury & Westford Podiatry. Dr. Tarr can treat your foot and ankle injuries.
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. Runner’s knee usually is treated with strengthening exercises focusing on the quad muscles and sports orthotic. 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.
If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices in Sudbury and Westford, MA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.
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