Common foot problems in the foot and ankle often occur due to the excessive movement the muscles and joints of the leg and feet experience while running. Plantar fasciitis, metatarsalgia, and Achilles tendonitis are all injuries that often occur in runners; but with certain preventative measures, can be prevented.

The creation of inflammation and a tear in the foot after overworking is typical of plantar fasciitis and can be prevented with the removal of excessive heel weight through arch supports. Metatarsalgia can occur due to incorrectly fitting shoes or too much running and/or jumping and can be prevented by wearing shoes with a wide toe box. Proper stretching of the calf muscles can prevent Achilles tendonitis, which occurs when the Achilles is inflamed.

The prevention of running injuries does not require complicated methods. Consult with Dr. Alan Discont, D.P.M. of Family Foot and Ankle Care if you would like to learn more. Dr. Discont can provide you with the foot and ankle information you seek.

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: a decrease in strength in your quadriceps that 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.
- 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.

If you have any questions, please contact our office in Chandler, AZ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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