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Due to the excessive use of the muscles and joints in the legs and feet, it is no surprise that runners are susceptible to common foot problemsin the foot and ankle. Despite their common occurrence, these running injuries are preventable. Some of these injuries include plantar fasciitis, metatarsalgia, and Achilles tendonitis.

Overworking the foot to the point of creating a tear and inflammation is characteristic of plantar fasciitis; it is preventable with the use of arch support that removes burden from the heel. Metatarsalgia typically occurs after excessive running and/or jumping, or because of ill-fitting shoes. It is preventable with shoes that have a wide toe box. An inflamed Achilles is a marker of Achilles tendonitis; it can be prevented with proper stretching of the calf muscles.

Running injuries can be preventable after taken certain measures. For more information, see Dr. Mayer Salama, D.P.M.of Salama Foot Care.Dr. Salama will answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions.

How to Prevent Running Injuries

Many common running injuries are caused by overuse and overtraining. When the back of the kneecap starts wearing out and starts causing pain in your knee, this is commonly referred to as runner’s knee: a decrease in strength in your quadriceps that can occur if you’re not wearing properly fitted or supporting shoes. Runner’s knee usually is treated with strengthening exercises focusing on the quad muscles and sports orthotic. To prevent runner’s knee, focusing on hip strengthening is a good idea, as well as strengthening your quads to keep the kneecaps aligned.

What Are Some Causes of Running Injuries?
- One cause of a common running injury is called iliotibial band syndrome.
- Plantar fasciitis is also another common injury.
- Stress fractures can occur from overtraining, lack of calcium, or even your running style.

Best Ways to Prevent Running Injuries
- Wear footwear that fits properly and suits your running needs.
- Running shoes are the only protective gear that runners have to safeguard them from injury.
- Make a training schedule. Adding strengthening exercises as well as regular stretching can help keep you strong and limber and can lessen the possibility of injuries.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices, located in Farmington Hills, Dearborn, Clarkston, and Trenton, MI. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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Trenton, MI 48183 -(734) 676-4664

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