Running is an excellent exercise for getting in shape and living a healthy lifestyle. However, without following proper precautions, being an avid runner can lead to a variety of foot and ankle injuries. Dr. Anant Joshi at Advanced Foot Care of NJ, LLC is specially trained to treat and diagnose running-related injuries. Contact us today to keep your running injury from becoming more serious.
A Range of Issues
Muscle fatigue isn’t the only risk that runners face. They may also sustain injuries from slips or falls on uneven terrain. The repetitive motion and harsh jarring from ground contact can have debilitating effects on the joints. Here are some of the most common issues that Dr. Anant Joshi sees.
Sprains and Strains: Sprains and strains can occur in tendons, ligaments, or muscle tissue. Runners have an increased risk of damage to the external or outer-facing connective tissues on the foot, ankles, and legs. Podiatrists and sports doctors rate sprains on a scale of severity from 1-3.
A level one sprain is a minor injury. This damage is caused by overstretching of the tissue, but no actual tearing has occurred. A level two sprain is categorized by some tearing. Finally, a level three sprain is when the injury has completely ruptured the tissue.
Frequent or long-distance runners should seek immediate professional care for sprains caused by running. The proper treatment can help get you off the sidelines faster.
Achilles Tendinopathy: Achilles tendinopathy forms after an initial injury to the Achilles tendon doesn’t fully heal before a second injury occurs. Over time, these small “microtraumas” can become a big issue. The motion of running poses a heightened risk for injury, especially if you aren’t wearing the correct shoes.
Plantar Fasciitis: Runners are especially prone to damaging the plantar fascia. The plantar fascia is a thick bundle of fibrous tissue that connects the front of the foot to the heel. It is responsible for helping to shape the arch at the bottom of your foot. The body responds with pain and swelling, causing the condition known as plantar fasciitis.
Many individuals identify plantar fasciitis from the heel’s sharp stabbing pain with the first steps in the morning. The pain subsides with additional movement. Runners often say that their heel doesn’t hurt when they run but that the pain grows worse after their workout. Plantar fasciitis can be a persistent injury when runners don’t allow healing.
Avoid the Injury
Proper training can help runners increase speed and distance safely. One of the best ways to avoid running injuries is to ensure that you have the right equipment. Serious runners require shoes that can withstand the repeated impacts and mileage that comes with the sport. Dr. Anant Joshi can work with you to make sure that you get the right shoes or custom inserts to keep up with your lifestyle!
Contact Advanced Foot Care of NJ, LLC
Have you recently had a running injury? If so, it’s critical to have it checked out by a professional podiatrist. Dr. Anant Joshi is ready to help you get back to doing what you love! Contact us today to schedule your next appointment.