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Foot Exercises Can Help Prevent Running Injuries

Tuesday, 31 January 2023 00:00

Research has shown that keeping the feet strong is the best way to reduce the chances of running injuries. Doing foot strengthening exercises can not only improve the health of your feet, it can also improve the effects that running can have on the rest of the body. The main objective of this type of exercise is to strengthen the arch and reduce pronation. One such exercise is called the short foot exercise. Start by sitting in a chair with one bare foot placed flat on the floor. Contract the muscles in the foot in a way that pulls the toes toward the body. This increases the gap between the arch of the foot and the floor, in effect, shortening the foot. Try to keep your heels and your toes touching the floor. When the foot is shortened as much as possible, let go and relax the foot. Complete 10 repetitions before switching to the other foot. Another exercise is to stand on the ball of one foot for 10 seconds, then alternate feet. Continue this process for 10 minutes. For more information on how to strengthen your feet, please consult a podiatrist.

All runners should take extra precaution when trying to avoid injury. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Dr. Richard DiMario of Maine. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

How to Prevent Running Injuries

There are a lot of mistakes a runner can make prior to a workout that can induce injury. A lot of athletes tend to overstretch before running, instead of saving those workouts for a post-run routine. Deep lunges and hand-to-toe hamstring pulls should be performed after a workout instead of during a warmup. Another common mistake is jumping into an intense routine before your body is physically prepared for it. You should try to ease your way into long-distance running instead of forcing yourself to rush into it.

More Tips for Preventing Injury

  • Incorporate Strength Training into Workouts - This will help improve the body’s overall athleticism
  • Improve and Maintain Your Flexibility – Stretching everyday will help improve overall performance
  • “Warm Up” Before Running and “Cool Down” Afterward – A warm up of 5-10 minutes helps get rid of lactic acid in the muscles and prevents delayed muscle soreness
  • Cross-Training is Crucial
  • Wear Proper Running Shoes
  • Have a Formal Gait Analysis – Poor biomechanics can easily cause injury

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in York, ME . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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