We have many running enthusiasts in our greater Richardson, TX community. These men and women—and perhaps you are one of them—know how good it can feel to let the sun wash down upon them when they take to the streets, trails, and tracks. If everything has gone well, they return home and experience the euphoria known as “runner’s high.” This phenomenon is attributed to the brain releasing endorphins during the run. Of course, a foot or ankle injury can put a damper on the experience pretty quickly.
Knowing how to keep your feet safe while running gets you one step closer (pun fully intended) to having an enjoyable experience. Sure, you can eliminate a lot of worry on the front end, but you will also appreciate being able to continue participating in this popular form of exercise.
Let’s take a look at what you need and techniques to employee in order to protect your lower limbs, including:
- Smart footwear choices. Start your path to keeping your feet safe when running by choosing the right pair of shoes. There are many different options for running shoes, and your best bet for finding a pair that works best for you is to go to a store that specifically caters to runners. The employees at specialty stores like Run On! understand which types of shoes are intended for your particular gait pattern.
- Ease into running. If you are new to this activity or are considering ramping up your intensity or duration of your training, do so gradually. We see too many patients who have decided to try doing too much at the start.
- Warm up and stretch first. Whenever you run, take some time to warm up with light jogging, followed by dynamic stretching, before you go. This will prepare your body for action and reduce your risk of injury.
- Stick to level running surfaces. Trail running and hill work on occasion can be fine, but keep the bulk of your running on level surfaces. Sloped surfaces affect the way forces and pressures are distributed across the feet and ankles, and this can lead to potential injuries.
- Replace worn out shoes. Running shoes have a limited lifespan and are not intended to be worn indefinitely. Typically, you should replace your running shoes roughly every 300-500 miles. When you buy the footwear, ask the sales associate what you can expect regarding the lifespan of the shoes you are buying.
These are great starting points for keeping your feet safe while running. Of course, it is virtually impossible to eliminate all injury risk during physical activity, so contact Richardson Podiatry Center for treatment if you do hurt a foot or ankle while running. Our Richardson, TX podiatrist office provides care for a wide range of lower limb issues and we can answer any questions you might have. Call us toll-free today at (855) 919-4548 and we’ll be glad to help!