Running Injuries can be Managed and Prevented on Your Own

Running InjuriesHallie Labrador, sports medicine doctor at the Rothman Institute, knows discomfort and injuries personally. Finishing six marathons, two half irons mans, and numerous triathlons ever since 1999, she states most of her patients injuries derive from, IT band syndrome, runner’s knee, and hip pain.  

"I've been managing it on my own," she said of her own injuries. Labrador held her personal and professional expertise on prevention and managing injuries to the Haddonfield Running Company, for a free session on avoiding common marathon training pitfalls.   "When you're running, the job of the pelvis is to keep the hips stable. So if there's some subtle weakness in some smaller muscle around your hips, you lose that stability," she said.

If you feel that you may have sustained an injury while running or would like tips on how to further prevent injury you should seek out the advice of a podiatrist such as Dr. Bruce G. Greenfield DPM of Greenfield Podiatry.  Dr. Greenfield can diagnose any injuries you may have as well as provide you with treatment and prevention options that work for you.

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.

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 contact one of our offices in Havertown, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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