Tuesday, 15 November 2022 00:00

Replacing Running Shoes

Running can be one of the most exhilarating and rewarding ways for some people to get in their daily dose of exercise. However, there are many things an individual may do before, during, and after running that can increase their risk of developing some kind of running injury. One important example is when an individual does not know when to replace their shoes. For example, sometimes the heel of a running shoe will become so worn down that it no longer provides support to the heel of the foot. The heel of the shoe can become worn down for many reasons. One habit that may be damaging the heels of your shoes is failing to lace and unlace the shoes when taking them on and off. By “toeing off” the shoes, you can negatively impact the heel. Contact a podiatrist today for more information about how to protect the heel of your shoes. 

All runners should take extra precaution when trying to avoid injury. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Barbara J. Aung, DPM of Aung Foot Health Clinic . 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 Tuscon, AZ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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