Many people consider running to be a fairly safe activity – especially compared to high impact sports like football or hockey. But there are many ways you can injure yourself while running – from ankle sprains, to shin splints, to knee injuries. In this article we are going to offer a few tips for decreasing the likelihood of injury while you run.
Rotate Your Shoes Regularly
This is a very common mistake. Many people wear the same running shoes for years and don’t think anything of it – the logic being that they only wear running shoes once in a while. That may be the case, but the impact your feet, ankles, legs, and knees feel during a run is much more intense than simply walking around during the day. As a result, running causes your shoes to wear down much faster than normal walking shoes. So make sure you’re changing out your shoes every few months to a year (depending on how often you run).
Run on Even Terrain
Ankle twists and sprains are the most common running injuries, and are most often causes by uneven terrain. When you go out for a run, stick to the sidewalk or street. Try to avoid any dirt paths which may have uneven ground, roots, and other obstacles than can potentially cause an injury.
Stretch Before & After Running
Stretching before and after a run goes a long way to prevent injury. Doing a few routine stretches before going for a jog loosens up your muscles and joints – reducing your chance of injury.
If you have sustained a running injury, contact one of the skilled Minnesota physical therapists at OrthRehab Specialists today. Our physical rehabilitation professionals have over 25 years of experience treating all sorts of running-related injuries. We have clinics in Minneapolis and Edina and are fully equipped to get you back on your feet after a running injury. Contact us today to set up your appointment.