10 Ways to Prevent Running Injuries

Last updated: 11-03-2020

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10 Ways to Prevent Running Injuries

Rosemont, Ill. (August 31, 2020) –  As gyms closed and group fitness classes were canceled across the nation due to COVID-19, many people took up running as their choice of exercise. Running has great health benefits; however, it is a high-impact activity that can put you at risk for foot or ankle injuries. Follow these tips from foot and ankle orthopaedic surgeons to run safely and pain free.

“When you suddenly increase the distance and amount of time spent running, it could lead to foot and ankle injuries like stress fractures, tendinitis, metatarsalgia, and plantar fasciitis,” said foot and ankle orthopaedic surgeon, Sara H. Galli, MD, from Ochsner Clinic in New Orleans. “Pain doesn't always mean ‘gain’ when you are doing something your body isn't used to.”

A. Holly Johnson, MD, from Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, adds that if you experience pain during or after a run, you should rest, ice, and take time off from exercise. If the pain does not resolve in a few days, or it hurts to walk, you should see a foot and ankle orthopaedic surgeon. If the pain is sudden or so severe that you can’t put weight on your foot, seek help sooner.

Drs. Galli and Johnson offer these 10 tips to runners to prevent foot and ankle injuries and avoid pain:

To learn more about foot and ankle conditions and to find a surgeon in your area, visit FootCareMD.org

Foot and ankle orthopaedic surgeons are medical doctors (MD and DO) who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders and injuries of the foot and ankle. Their education and training consist of four years of medical school, five years of postgraduate residency, and a fellowship year of specialized surgical training. These specialists care for patients of all ages, performing reconstructive surgery for deformities and arthritis, treating sports injuries, and managing foot and ankle trauma.

The American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society (AOFAS) mobilizes our dynamic community of foot and ankle orthopaedic surgeons to improve patient care through education, research, and advocacy. As the premier global organization for foot and ankle care, AOFAS delivers exceptional events and resources for continuous education, funds and promotes innovative research, and broadens patient understanding of foot and ankle conditions and treatments. By emphasizing collaboration and excellence, AOFAS inspires ever-increasing levels of professional performance leading to improved patient outcomes. For more information visit the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society online at aofas.org.

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