The Benefits of Stretching Before Running

Many benefits are derived from warming up and stretching before running.  In addition to increasing body temperature, the muscles become more relaxed; this lowers the risk of workout injuries. A common way to avoid running injuries is to begin jogging slowly, and eventually increasing to the desired speed. Typically, warming up before any kind of exercise may not only help you avoid injuries, but may aid in the prevention of sports-related musculoskeletal system diseases. Many people believe that stretching before running is dull and a waste of time, but it may help prevent sudden pressure being put on the blood vessels and heart when done properly. An additional benefit is increased oxygen in the blood, along with maintaining proper posture. Also, daily stretching can help mitigate the impact from sitting for extended periods and other work related activities.

Exercising your feet regularly with the proper foot wear is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Dr. LeKeisha George from Forest Hills Podiatric Medical Care. Dr. George will treat your foot and ankle needs.

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. Runner’s knee is a decrease in strength in your quadriceps and can occur if you’re not wearing properly fitted or supporting shoes. 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.
- Stretching keeps muscles limber, this will help you gain better flexibility.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Forest Hills, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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LeKeisha Y. George, DPM, Forest Hills Podiatric Medical Care, 71-11 110th Street, Forest Hills, NY 11375 718-520-8811