A Little Preparation Can Help Prevent Running Injuries

Serious runners in Cuyahoga County are going to thank Mother Nature for providing that season called “fall.” Summer 2018 has been really hot and humid. Running is going to be much more pleasant when daytime temperatures fall to the 60s and 50s this month and next.

Unfortunately, as any runner knows, a pleasant run can still be waylaid by injury. Running injuries are common. What dedicated runner hasn’t grimaced at the feel of their blistered toes after a long race? Who among us hasn’t suffered an injury that set them back from their goals?

However, with some preparation and care, runners can considerably reduce their risk of injuries. Here are three excellent places to start:

  1. Train more than just your heart and lungs.
    Runners are great at cardiovascular training. Routines that gradually increase distance or cut time off per mile are continually conditioning the heart to pump harder and longer. But runners need to take time to train the rest of their body to withstand the forces of pounding the pavement. Add weight lifting to your training schedule. Strong muscles throughout the body support your joints, can help prevent a fall, and can even lessen the severity or healing time of an injury.
  2. Cross-train.
    You’re already cross-training when you add weight lifting to your routine. You can also strengthen your body and give your feet and legs a break from running by going for bike rides or joining a local U.S. Master’s swim club.
  3. Visit a qualified podiatrist.
    Both Craig B. Frey and Dr. Megan L. Oltmann, the expert podiatrists at Foot & Ankle Associates of Cleveland, have sports backgrounds. We understand the importance of preventative care to help keep runners from foot and ankle injuries. We invite all runners to make an appointment with us for a full examination of your feet and ankles. We can examine your gait, recommend the correct type of athletic shoes, and fit you for custom orthotics to correct any biomechanical imbalances.

Help avoid the stress fractures, tendinitis, and joint pain that are common in the sport of running. Call us at our office in Solon, Ohio at (440) 903-1041 or make an appointment online.