If you’re a runner looking for fellow running enthusiasts to train with, you need look no further than the Surprise Running Club (SRC). This local organization was established in 2007 and doesn’t cost a dime to join. It is simply a group of like-minded individuals who are focused on encouraging and inspiring other runners. The group has organized runs three times per week (Mon, Wed, and Fri) and you can find more information about the workout agendas on the SRC website here.
Running is a great exercise, but any physical activity is going to come with at least a certain degree of injury risk. The important thing is to take the right measures to lower the risk. By doing so, you will be able to realize the myriad benefits—physical, mental, and emotional—running has to offer. With this in mind, let’s take a look at some tips to help you prevent common foot and ankle injuries:
- Choose the right shoes – There are a couple of considerations with this crucial activity. First, you need running shoes that fit well (neither too tight nor too large). Second, make sure they are well-constructed and offer ample arch support. Finally, always buy shoes that work with your particular pronation style. Not sure what yours is? We can help!
- Warm up and stretch – Too many injuries happen when people jump right into activity, so take a couple of minutes for light jogging and dynamic stretching before heading out on your run.
- Ease into running – Are you a new runner? Then don’t try to do too much too soon. Instead, start at an easy level and gradually ramp up the intensity and duration of your running sessions.
- Hydrate – Drink plenty of water to avoid cramping in your lower limbs!
- Eat well – Providing the right nutrients for your bones and muscles will help keep your feet and ankles strong as you log the miles. Bone health is important for reducing your risk of stress fractures.
We hope these tips will help keep you safe in your running program, but remember that Fixing Feet Institute is here to provide the effective care you need if injuries happen. For more information on preventing running injuries, or to schedule an appointment with our Surprise, AZ office, call us at (623) 584-5556.