With the warmer weather, many more people are heading outside to get in some exercise by running. It’s a great social distancing activity and we encourage our patients to run – but safely! So today Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists in Bellevue, WA is sharing information regarding running injuries and tips for preventing them.
Research shows that a large percentage of runners suffer injuries every year. This can be caused by not warming up or cooling down properly after a run, or it may be the result of wearing shoes that don’t fit properly.
Some common injuries can happen when running long distances without taking time out to rest, so it’s a good idea to keep a record of how far you run each day. When doing so, take note of signs of stress, which may include fatigue and irritability.
Types of Running Injuries and How to Prevent Them
Many running injuries are the result of overtraining and overuse. When the back of the kneecap begins to wear out and the knee becomes painful, the condition is known as 'runner’s knee'. It results in diminished strength in the quadriceps and can occur if you’re not wearing properly supported or fitted shoes.
Some of the most common types of running injuries include iliotibial band syndrome, plantar fasciitis, and stress fractures.
The best ways to prevent running injuries include:
- Wearing properly fitting running shoes that suit your running needs.
- Adhere to a training schedule that includes strengthening exercises as well as regular stretching to keep you limber and stronger.
- Stretching to keep muscles limber and improve your flexibility.
If you have any questions or think you may have suffered a running injury, contact the office of Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists in Bellevue, WA today at (425) 455-0936 to schedule your next appointment.