Posts for: September, 2016
Running never goes out of style. In recent years, the popularity of recreational racing and long distance running has increased with the proliferation of relay races and marathons. And while getting regular exercise is critical for weight management and overall health, runners can be more prone to foot and ankle problems and injuries.
Common Running Related Injuries
Factors like general fitness levels, weight, and individual biomechanics all play a role in how likely a runner is to develop an injury. The most common running injuries are:
- Runner's knee
- Plantar fasciitis
- Shin splints
- Muscle and ligament tears and strains
- ITBS (iliotibial band syndrome)
- Stress fractures
- Achilles tendinitis
Sports Injury Treatment in Lake Ridge and Stafford, VA
The podiatrists at Associated Foot & Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia in Lake Ridge and Stafford, VA advise patients to think about injury prevention as the first part of the training plan. Taking a few common-sense precautions can often help to minimize the risk of some of the most common running and repetitive motion injuries. The first step in a running or physical fitness program is getting the right pair of shoes.
People with low arches (flat fee) can be more prone to injuries, and require a more supportive shoe or orthotic insert to maintain alignment and stability. Many people are not sure what type of athletic shoe is appropriate and instead shop for style, which can increase the risk of an injury. A podiatrist can perform what is known as a gait analysis, which involves walking in bare feet in order to determine pronation (whether the ankles roll inward or outward during movement).
Find a Podiatrist in Lake Ridge and Stafford, VA
Don't let foot and ankle pain slow you down. For more information on how to prevent and recover from a running or sports related injury, contact Associated Foot & Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia by calling (703) 491-9500 for Lakeridge or (540) 720-0700 for Stafford to schedule an appointment today.
When it comes to sports, exercise, and any kind of physical fitness, most people tend to focus on the activity itself. How many miles or gym visits to squeeze in every week, how much Gatorade and protein to consume to get through each workout, game, or race. In comparison, a decision as basic as what sneakers to wear can be something of an afterthought. But the shoes we wear - in and out of the gym - are much more than just a fashion statement. In addition to shoe size and personal tastes, factors like arch support and ankle stability determine whether we develop everything from heel pain and bunions, to a potentially sidelining injury like tendinitis or plantar fasciitis.
But how do we know how much support we need or the best type of sneakers to train for the next 5K? A trip to the podiatrist is the best place to start.
Foot and Ankle Care in Stafford and Lake Ridge
Why is arch support important? The podiatrists at Associated Foot & Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia, PC in Stafford and Lake Ridge, VA treat patients of all activity levels for a range of injuries and conditions. Many injuries and incidences of pain are caused by insufficient support, which can place excessive strain on the heels and joints. Depending on the height and position of the arches, some people require shoes with extra cushioning and support to maintain proper alignment. People with flat feet or low arches need shoes with more support, and may also require an insert (orthotic) to help lift the arches to avoid additional pressure on the joints, heels, and ankles.
Find a Podiatrist in Stafford and Lake Ridge
Many common foot and ankle injuries and causes of pain can be prevented with proper arch support. If you are experiencing pain or symptoms of an injury, contact Associated Foot & Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia, PC at (540) 720-0700 and (703) 491-9500 to schedule an appointment.