A study held in Luxembourg discovered that active runners who alternated their shoes were able to eliminate their chances of injury by 39%. Researchers looked at how often the subjects trained, how often they got hurt, what kinds of shoes they wore, and other factors.
Researchers rationalize that different kinds of shoes place pressure on different muscle tissues, and wearing the same shoe repeatedly can cause tissues to become too stressed. "The concomitant use of different pairs of running shoes will provide alternation in the running pattern and vary external and active forces on the lower legs during running activity,” researchers said.
Fortunately, running injuries can be avoided. However, if you sustained a running injury, see podiatrist Dr. Sorelis Jimenez of Foot Health Podiatry. Dr. Jimenez can address and treat your running injuries.
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. Runner’s knee usually is treated with strengthening exercises focusing on the quad muscles and sports orthotic. To prevent runner’s knee, focusing on hip strengthening is a good idea, as well as strengthening your quads to keep the kneecaps aligned. Physical therapy can help you learn the best exercises to heal runner’s knee.
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
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