Experts say that beach running can be a heart-clearing and challenging workout. However, little preparation prior to running on the beach can make one more susceptible to foot injuries. Beach running is something that needs to be eased into. One cannot simply run several miles on the beach without prior experience doing so. Researchers have found that running on soft sand can actually put more strain on the muscles and joints compared to harder sand. This is because softer sand causes the muscles to work extra hard in order to stabilize the leg.
Runners can still be prone to running injuries even with proper precautions. For more information about treatment, contact Dr. Howard Robins of Pennsylvania. Our doctor will assess your injury and provide you with quality treatment.
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 one of our offices in New York, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.