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Basic Tips on Preventing Running Injuries

There are basic things you can do as a runner to prevent running injuries and maintain peak performance levels. Choosing the proper footwear should be your first step. When you shop for running shoes, take a few things into consideration, such as the type of surface you’ll be running on, your style of running, and your overall fitness goals. Have your feet measured every time you buy a new pair of running shoes to ensure a proper fit, and make sure you break in the shoes before training in them. Do regular strengthening exercises to build up muscles in your feet, which can help avoid injuries from occurring as well. Keep your feet dry while running to avoid blisters and athlete’s foot by wearing moisture-wicking socks. Your toenails should be trimmed so that they do not press against the tip of your shoes, but be mindful about trimming them too short (in order to avoid an ingrown toenail). After a run, consider massaging and icing your feet to reduce any swelling and help your muscles recover. A podiatrist can offer many more tips on footwear and preventing running injuries, as well as fit you for custom orthotics to address alignment/gait issues, and treat any foot or ankle pain you may have.


Sports related foot and ankle injuries require proper treatment before players can go back to their regular routines. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists of Foot & Ankle Specialists of Central Ohio. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Sports Related Foot and Ankle Injuries

Foot and ankle injuries are a common occurrence when it comes to athletes of any sport. While many athletes dismiss the initial aches and pains, the truth is that ignoring potential foot and ankle injuries can lead to serious problems. As athletes continue to place pressure and strain the area further, a mild injury can turn into something as serious as a rupture and may lead to a permanent disability. There are many factors that contribute to sports related foot and ankle injuries, which include failure to warm up properly, not providing support or wearing bad footwear. Common injuries and conditions athletes face, including:

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Plantar Fasciosis
  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains

Sports related injuries are commonly treated using the RICE method. This includes rest, applying ice to the injured area, compression and elevating the ankle. More serious sprains and injuries may require surgery, which could include arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery. Rehabilitation and therapy may also be required in order to get any recovering athlete to become fully functional again. Any unusual aches and pains an athlete sustains must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Gahanna, Newark, Columbus, and Lancaster, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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