Your Running Checklist
June 6thmarks Global Running Day! We see some serious runners here at Bay Podiatry Associates. True athletes who hit the track every day, always scoping out the calendar for upcoming marathons and pushing themselves to the next level. Unfortunately, we also see some serious injuries associated with running.
Runners’ feet take a beating. They absorb every single stride that hits the ground as the runner carries themselves to the finish line. If just one thing is off in a runner’s foot or ankle health, it could mean big trouble – not only for the race, but for the runner’s feet for life! We’ve compiled a list of things to ensure your feet are ready and healthy to get out and run.
Whether you’re always on the run, or if you’re starting training for your very first marathon, add these tips to your list to keep your feet healthy:
- Keep a running journal. A training log will ensure you’re completing self-checks and listening to your body on runs. Organize it however you’d like, but try to keep track of mileage, time, and anything that your body is telling you. If you find yourself noting fatigue or pain a few times in a row, it’s time to assess what’s going on.
- Replace your shoes in a timely manner. Experts say that running shoes last around 200-400 miles, depending on the quality and how you run on them. Well-fitting shoes are important for any sport you partake in, but for running, you want a solid support that won’t slip or squeeze. An expert at any sports equipment store should be able to help you find the right pair.
- Add weight training to your regimen. Training with weights has been proven to prevent running-related injuries. Properly introducing strength training to your workout strengthens the connective tissues supporting your joints. This prevents further injuries and keeps your body ready to keep running!
- Keep it limber. Even when you’re not out running, getting good stretches in daily is important. A wall calf stretch will loosen up your calves and get you ready for the next marathon. It’s always necessary to stretch your body and get it ready for running.
- Keep up with your podiatrist. Here at Bay Podiatry, Dr. Argirios Mantzoukas can make sure you’re on track to great foot and ankle health. He can assess your gait, watch how your feet hit the ground, or chat about any number of issues that arise from athletic activity. He can also assess if you might need to be fitted for a custom orthotic to prevent running injuries.
Runners here in Brooklyn can ensure they’re getting the best foot care by calling us to make an appointment. If you’ve marked your calendar for an upcoming race, and want to ensure you’re on the right track, contact us today at (718) 266-1986.