By Kenneth R. Meisler, D.P.M., P.L.L.C. & Associates
May 02, 2014
Category: Foot Care
Runners: Stay in Shape while Protecting Your Feet from Harm
With summer just around the corner, you may be jumping back into your running routine to get into shape. While running may be beneficial to maintaining your health and remaining in shape, it does not always go easy on your feet. The consistent pounding of your foot on hard pavement can lead to pain and other foot and ankle complications. However, by taking proper care of your feet you can ensure the health of your feet while maintaining a healthy, active life style. By understanding the aches and pains of running, and proper preventive measures, you can better prepare your lower extremities for running and prevent heel pain in New York City.
Understanding Your Aches and Pains of Running
Even with the best preparation, aches and pains may be inevitable as a result of a new running regimen. If the pain subsides with slow, easy exercise you may continue, but if it gets worse, stop the activity and rest. If the pain persists, seek attention from Dr. Meisler, our New York City area podiatrist, immediately.
One of the most common running pains is known as runner’s knee, which is all around knee pain commonly caused by excessive rolling in and down of the foot. Orthotics prescribed by our podiatrist in New York City is the best way to alleviate the problem. Occasionally, rubber pads in the arch of the show may help as well.
Another common running pain is shin splints, which are painful and appear at the front and inside of the leg. Running on hard surfaces causes shin splints, in addition to over striding, muscle imbalance or overuse. Treatment includes changing your running technique or an insertion of an orthotic device in your shoe.
Some running tips to remember include:
- Start easy and build up your distances slowly
- Don’t forget to stretch regularly
- Use sport specific shoes
- Fit your shoes with the socks that you plan to wear during your running
When to Visit Our New York City Podiatrist
It is important to establish a relationship with your podiatrist when you are a beginning jogger or runner and before starting an exercise program. Dr. Meisler will examine your feet and identify potential problems, discuss conditioning, prescribe an orthotic device that fits into a running shoe, if needed, and recommend the best style of footwear for your feet. Frequent runners should visit the podiatrist regularly to check for potential stress on the lower extremities.
Regardless of your age, you should visit our podiatrist in New York City, NY before starting any exercise routine. It is important to stay on top of your feet and not cause pain or injury. Give your feet a break and visit our office for any problems or issues that may arise while running.