Runners, especially those who run long distances regularly, often get injured. Serious injuries can lead to surgery, either on the foot or the ankle. The question of when you can safely resume running depends on the type of injury and the site of the surgery. For anyone who has had a total ankle joint replacement, for instance, running will most likely be prohibited. As for other injuries, you may not be able to reach the previous levels or length or frequency of running you once enjoyed. As a rule, it takes about one year to fully recover from major foot surgery, because of swelling, gait asymmetry, and reduced muscle strength. Eventually, you may be able to ease back into activity, if you run only on soft surfaces and wear shoes that adequately cushion your feet. To be on the safe side, it is a good idea to check in frequently with a podiatrist who can evaluate your healing progress and guide you on how far and how often you can safely run again.
Exercising your feet regularly with the proper foot wear is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Ramin Nadjafi, DPM of Advanced Podiatry Group. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.
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. Runner’s knee is a decrease in strength in your quadriceps and can occur if you’re not wearing properly fitted or supporting shoes. 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.
- Stretching keeps muscles limber; this will help you gain better flexibility.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Orlando, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.