Warm weather means more time spent outdoors. Running is a favorite activity among many, and it’s no wonder why. It’s a great way to exercise while also getting fresh air. But, as with any exercise, there’s always a risk of running injuries. Sprains, plantar fasciitis, stress fractures, and Achilles tendonitis are some of the most common conditions that can arise. Learning to stay safe and injury-free while on the track or trail is crucial for your long-term foot and ankle health!
Here are three ways to reduce your risk of running injuries this summer:
1-Choose the Right Shoes
It may be one of the most repeated tips for healthy feet, but it’s true – proper footwear is the foundation for healthy and happy feet. The same goes for your running shoes. Spend time researching different brands, trying different pairs, and asking your podiatrist. The wrong pair of shoes can lack support and increase your risk of a sports injury.
Whether taking a quick neighborhood jog or preparing for your next marathon, stretching is always a good idea. Stretching prepares your body for running and warms you up. It helps with flexibility and also strengthens muscles.
3-If You Feel Pain, Stop
We know that enjoying a sport or training to meet a goal can be rewarding. However, pain is a sign that you should stop and schedule an appointment with your podiatrist. Pain while running could be a sign of an overuse injury, which is common for runners.
Think you have a running injury? Call our office today. Dr. Ryan L. D’Amico, Dr. Donal M. Erickson, Dr. Keith Sherman, Dr. Anne-Louise Smith, Dr. Justin Muser, and the rest of the staff at Syracuse Podiatry in East Syracuse, New York, can help treat and care for your feet. Call us at 315-446-3668 or make an appointment online to get help today.