Summer Is Running Season- Make Sure You’re Prepared!

13 Nov 2018

Summer is nearly here, and with the weather finally turning into longer days and brighter mornings it means it’s time to get running! The running season for seasoned athlete generally starts around October and will go through until March the following year.

 

During this time, Podiatrists everywhere witness a sizeable spike in soft tissue related injuries in our clinics- whilst these sometimes may be unavoidable, it is important to note that armed with the right knowledge, they are preventable!

 

Soft tissue injuries are multifactorial, which means that there are many reasons why the injury has occurred. It is our job as Health Professionals to understand and address the causative factors that relate to your injury, thus helping you in the short term, and reducing your risk of the same injury recurring.

 

Here are some of Cannington Podiatry’s tips for preventing injuries from occurring,

 

 

FOOTWEAR

 

How old are your shoes?

 

Manufacturers will say that the lifespan of a pair of runners is 600-800 km. If you’re unsure – best to update.

 

Are they fitted shoes?

 

Every pair of runners on the market will influence your biomechanics in either a positive or negative way. Your runners should be fitted by a specialist who understands lower limb biomechanics and how a shoe can influence it. Speciality running stores will assess your biomechanics and ‘chose’ the most appropriate shoe for you. Alternatively, you have the option of consulting us at Cannington Podiatry about what type of footwear is best for you!

 

What are your every-day shoes?

 

You are your equipment for the day, and just like your runners – you want to make sure you have the best equipment for you. Poor footwear day-day can lead to excessive fatigue in your lower limb soft tissue so that when you do go for a run, your muscles are already fatigued to begin with, and cannot give 100%. This increases the chance of injuries developing.

 

 

MEDICAL HISTORY

 

A lot of runners often begin the running season without addressing any niggles from the season before. A rest over winter often doesn’t cure these symptoms and sore muscles are often the sign of weak muscles. Spring into your running season niggle free and see a Health Professional.

 

TRAINING

 

Do you exercise with a regimented training program?

 

A proper training program is one of the simplest ways to reduce your risk of injury this season. Many runners believe that they could run 10km ‘easily’ and with 4 months off do the same. Don’t make that mistake. Start off small and build slowly and progressively, and seek a Health Professionals advice for tips and tricks.

 

Happy Running!

 

 

If you’re experiencing any pain or discomfort in your toes, feet, ankles or lower legs, talk to Cannington Podiatry today! 

 

Cannington Podiatry will be able to talk you through any symptoms you have, assess the condition of your feet, and provide a treatment/prevention plan that has been developed specifically for your needs.