Preventing Achilles Tendonitis & Other Running Injuries
With the spectre of this dreadful winter finally behind us, it’s time to get out there and start exercising. Jogging and running are great ways to get in your outdoor exercise and it only requires a little will power, a place to run, and a good pair of running shoes to get started.
Even though running is a relatively simple activity, the repetitive stress experienced by regular runners can increase the occurrence of several problems with your feet and ankles including heel spurs, plantar fasciitis, and Achilles tendonitis. However, many running related injuries can be avoided or minimized by following some tried and true methods of prevention and treatment.
Methods to help avoid running injuries
Try these tips to minimize the occurrence of Achilles tendonitis and other foot problems:
- Custom molded orthotic inserts—Custom formulated shoe inserts can be used to correct problems with pronation and for the treatment and prevention of a variety of foot and ankle problems.
- Proper running shoes—Always wear athletic shoes that are appropriate for your activity. A plethora of shock absorbing and supportive running shoes are available depending upon the specific activity, so be certain to seek the assistance of a knowledgeable sales associate.
- Proper warming up—Proper warmup and stretching will get the blood moving and limber up tendons and muscles, which is essential to preventing injury.
- Don’t be too gung ho—Oftentimes people suffer a running injury because they start off exercising too quickly and aggressively after a period of being sedentary. Increasing your workout gradually over a period of weeks and months is the best way to strengthen your legs and feet while avoiding serious injuries.
- Stay hydrated—Proper hydration, especially in hot weather, is extremely important for avoiding muscle cramping.
Experienced runners and novices alike will likely experience a foot or ankle injury. If you are experiencing Achilles tendonitis or other foot or ankle problems, contact your podiatrist right away. At E.J. Nemet Podiatry in Twinsburg, E.J. Nemet, DPM, treats a variety of foot and ankle conditions including sports injuries, pediatric foot problems, diabetic foot complications, nerve disorders, and toenail and skin conditions. With advanced technologies and a dedicated staff, Dr. Nemet provides expert and compassionate care to patients in the Twinsburg and Beachwood areas. To contact us or to schedule an appointment, please call (234) 212-9940.