Spring Season Allows Many to Head Outdoors but also Suffer Foot Injuries

running-injuriesDoctors have witnessed an increased prevalence of shin splints in the springtime.  People tend to be more inactive through the cold winter months, and once the warm weather allows for a return to outdoor exercise muscles and tendons in the lower legs are often forced into overdrive too quickly.  To prevent aggravating these muscles and produce a painful inflammation of the shin, it is necessary to slowly bring the body back into a routine of frequent physical activity. 

 “When the weather starts to get nice, people get excited and start running again, and they just haven't been doing it for a while,” said Dr. Silvis, a sports medicine physician at Penn State Hershey Medical Center.

Running injuries require rest and proper attention to prevent further damage. If you are suffering from an exercise induced injury, see podiatrist Dr. Bruce G. Greenfield, DPM, PC, of Havertown Podiatry. Dr. Greenfield will provide proper care for your podiatric 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. 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. Physical therapy can help you learn the best exercises to heal runner’s knee.

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.

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