Complex, rugged, yet intricately balanced, feet and ankles are some of the most frequently injured areas of the human body. And, unfortunately, some of the most frequently misunderstood and misdiagnosed.
The Foot and Ankle Department at Panorama Orthopedics & Spine Center is here to expertly diagnose and treat the broad range of foot injuries and ankle conditions that can occur throughout life, from young children and teens, to active adults and seniors.
Tips for runners preparing for a race; how to avoid foot injuries
DENVER — Common complaints among runners include problems with their knees, feet and/or ankles. Unfortunately, things like inappropriate training, bad footwear and not enough stretching will keep some runners from even reaching the starting line due to foot injuries or other problems. But there are things you can do to prevent injury and keep yourself in the race.
Before you begin a training program, assess your current fitness level. It’s not unusual to have added a few extra pounds since your last training period. Be aware that a few more pounds means additional stress on your joints and other parts of your body, so easing into a training program is a good idea.
Put in the time training. Races are so exciting, with lots of spectators cheering, giving runners an added boost to get through the race. The adrenaline can get even the most casual runner through a half marathon, but if you haven’t put in the miles, you may be setting yourself up for injury.
Be good to your feet. The right shoes can make a big difference, and many runners keep their shoes and orthotics far too long. After 250-500 miles of use, 60 percent of a shoe’s shock absorption is lost, leading to more wear and tear on the body.
Watch for overuse. It can be tempting when you experience a small injury to try to “run it off,” but listening to your body can help head off injuries by addressing small problems, including foot injuries, before they become big ones. Left untreated, common overuse injuries such as stress fractures and tendonitis can take runners out of the race.