• August 2, 2023

How to Prevent Foot and Ankle Injuries While Running

Foot and ankle injuries make up one-third of all injuries that runners experience, making them a leading cause of distress for runners—not to mention the mental stress that also comes with these injuries.

It’s important to realize that while injuries are a common part of participating in sports and enjoying physical activity, many times the mishaps can be avoided. Here are tips from the podiatrists at our hospital for special surgery:

Always warm up before your run

One of the most important tips from podiatrists and fitness professionals alike is to warm up before your run. Take time out to focus on preparing your muscles, joints, and ligaments for the run ahead by doing exercises, stretches, and mobility work. There are some great movements that will help you achieve this, including this warm-up routine.

Invest in high-quality shoes and running gear

Don’t cheap out when it comes to sports gear and shoes. You need to invest in a pair of running shoes that are comfortable and supportive and that offers you sufficient cushioning in order to go on short or long runs. Your shoes should not lead to joint pain, be loose or too tight, or give you pain that will lead to foot and ankle injuries and deformation.

A woman in sportswear stretches on a track to warm up before a run.

Choose your running track and area carefully

One of the key tips to avoid foot and ankle injuries while running is to avoid areas that are hilly, rocky, or have uneven surfaces. You need to be careful about the tracks and roads you choose for your runs, training effectively and working your way up to more challenging terrains.

Care for recurring injuries and pain

Lastly, you need to monitor any previous foot and ankle injury you have and see a podiatrist to ensure that it’s not acting up again. Recurring injuries can lead to permanent or long-term damage, which is why you need to know how to manage them effectively with help from a professional.

Whether you’re struggling with ankle pain or some other dysfunction, visit TOPS Surgical Specialty Hospital to choose from some of the leading podiatrists and orthopedic surgeons at one of the best surgical hospitals in Houston. Our hospital for special surgery is known for its podiatry and sports medicine services, with experienced doctors who can help you with a range of issues. Visit our website to find the right sports medicine specialist or podiatrist near you and click on their profile to schedule an appointment with their office.

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