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Keeping Feet Healthy for Long Runs

When runners go from 5K runs to longer distances, their feet often start to hurt more. This may be the result of wearing running shoes that are too small, do not fit properly, or don’t provide the proper cushioning or arch support. Here are a few tips from experts that can help to keep your feet healthier as your running goals change. It starts with the shoes. It may be wise to measure your feet again to get the correct shoe size before purchase. Your feet are likely to expand more during longer runs, so make sure to account for that. It is also important to pay attention to the insoles, which add arch support and help absorb shock with each step. If you have specific foot problems, custom orthotic insoles from a podiatrist may be needed. Increase the amount of exercises you do to strengthen the feet so they will be able to handle increased mileage. Finally, post-run foot care is essential. This may include icing the feet, keeping them elevated, and stretching them. For more information on how to keep your feet healthy while running, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist.

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 Dr. Michael D. Garvin of Florida. 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 offices located in Port St. Lucie, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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