5 Tips to Decrease Running Injuries


Many common running injuries such as plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, and shin splints can be caused by the inherent stress and repetitive motion that comes with the activity. The following tips can help you minimize your chances of having one of these problems.

5 of the best tips to help avoid running injuries include:

  1. Proper hydration—Cramping is often caused by improper hydration so be sure to always drink plenty of fluids before, during, and after you exercise.
  2. Wear the correct shoes and inserts—Have your running shoes properly sized and fitted. Running shoes need to be supportive and very shock absorbent for those long, difficult runs. Custom orthotic shoe inserts can correct gait imbalances and relieve back, hip and knee pain.
  3. Perform warm-up exercises—Warming up the Achilles tendon with calf stretches will help to avoid tendonitis. Spend at least five minutes before exercising doing a variety of stretching and warm-up exercises.
  4. Don’t overdo it—If you are just starting an exercise program, it is important to take it slowly to avoid the possibility of stress fracture injuries to your feet and ankles.
  5. Cool-down—Gradually taper down after a long run to help your body adjust to the flow.

Even if you are very careful, a debilitating running injury requiring the assistance of a foot care professional can occur. At Fit Feet for Life, our team of board-certified podiatrists has access to advanced technologies and years of experience to help diagnose and treat a variety of foot and ankle problems, including heel pain, sports injuries, toe deformities, nail fungus, and plantar warts.  Bonnie Sanchez, DPM, and Gregory Cook, DPM, provide high-quality foot and ankle care to patients in the Tampa/St. Petersburg area at our five offices conveniently located in Sun City Center, Clearwater, St. Petersburg, and our two Tampa locations. Please contact us for more information or to schedule an appointment.