Here are seven tips from James M. McKee, DPM, FACFAS to keep you comfortable until the cool months of autumn.
Both inexperienced and professional runners are prone to the occasional running injury. Injuries such as runner’s knee, shin splints, plantar fasciitis, and stress fractures can happen to anyone. Runner’s knee and shin splints can be prevented by strengthening the hips and making the hamstrings, calves, and quadriceps more flexible. Plantar fasciitis can be prevented by frequently stretching the calves and ensuring one wears the correct shoes while running. Prevent stress fractures by avoiding overloading the feet.
If you’re a runner, you may find yourself prone to experiencing pain in your Achilles either during or after running activity. Achilles tendinitis occurs when you feel pain along the back of your leg near the heel and can be caused by continuous stress or overuse on the tendon. The condition can affect anyone, and strenuous physical activity should be avoided if you think you may have Achilles tendinitis. The ailment can be treated with nonsurgical treatment such as rest, ice, and anti-inflammatory medications.
Having competed in three Olympics, Paul Williams, owner of Vancouver-based running store Peninsula Runners, is very familiar with running shoes. While minimalist running shoes were the most popular choice in the past, the latest trend in running shoes is cushioning. “This makes it more form-fitting,” Williams shared. “With minimalist shoes there were too many injuries, so now we’re back to a moderate shoe … I think when you have more protection you can run harder and faster, reducing injuries such as shin splints, Achilles tendinitis and knee pain.” William recommends that runners wear shoes that are properly fitted to ensure significant arch support for the feet.