Prevent Running InjuriesA study published by the Orthopedic Journal of Sports Medicine found that runners with a lower age and weight were less susceptible to incurring running injuries as opposed to older runners who were heavier or more easygoing.

Danish researchers surveyed 930 runners for a year, the focus being on runners who did not run more than 10 kilometers total within the past year. Of the 930 runners, 254 runners had suffered a running injury during the study. The injuries that were reported were mainly soft-tissue, bone injuries of the legs and or back. The study concluded that age was the primary factor and body mass the second factor in running injuries.

If you believe you’ve sustained an injury while running or need assistance on how to further prevent injury, you should seek out the advice of a podiatrist such as  Dr. James Ricketti of New Jersey. Dr. Ricketti can diagnose any injuries you may have as well as provide you with treatment and prevention options that work for you.

How to Prevent Running Injuries

Many common running injuries are caused by overuse and overtraining. Runner’s knee, where the back of the kneecap starts wearing out and causing pain in your knee, can cause a decrease in strength in your quadriceps and can occur if you’re not wearing properly fitted or supporting shoes. Runner’s knee usually is treated with strengthening exercises focusing on the quad muscles and sports orthotics.

Best Ways to Prevent Running Injuries

- 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, contact our office in Hamilton, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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