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Debunking Podiatry-Related Myths About Barefoot Running

Posted by on Sep 17, 2014 in Running Injuries | Comments Off on Debunking Podiatry-Related Myths About Barefoot Running

”Minimalist Style” or barefoot running is an increasingly popular trend among active adults today. Along with its growing popularity comes a surging debate: Does minimalist running cause or prevent injuries for running enthusiasts? Podiatry experts around the world have weighed in on this topic, and an overwhelming majority of them have encountered a series of myths, both good and bad, about barefoot running that they would like to officially debunk. A few of these mistruths follow in the list below: Stress Fractures – This is the number one public concern regarding the trend of barefoot running. Does it really cause stress fractures? The prevailing opinion is that stress fractures are a result of a change in activity without gradual adaptation. Therefore, they are not directly related to the concept of minimalist shoes or barefoot running. Plantar Fasciitis – Some...

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Tips to Prevent Running Knee Injuries

Posted by on Jun 24, 2014 in Running Injuries, Sports Injuries | Comments Off on Tips to Prevent Running Knee Injuries

Runner’s Knee is a common injury among runners often caused by the following: overuse, misalignment of the bones, weak muscles, or a direct blow or trauma to the knee. Although you always risk injury when you run, many injuries, such as runner’s knee can be prevented. Here are some tips to prevent knee running injuries. Strengthen Muscles: Strong core, hip and leg muscles keep your body aligned while you run. All of these muscles, especially the hips, prevent knee injuries. When your hips are weak or tight, the movements of your knees become limited. Running without this knee mobility forces your body out of alignment and strains the ligaments surrounding your knees. Incorporate light strength training in your workout regimen of these areas. Stretching: As mentioned above, flexibility in your hips can save your knees a great deal of...

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4 Tips on How to Avoid Achilles Tendinitis for Runners

Posted by on May 13, 2014 in Achilles Tendinitis, Running Injuries | Comments Off on 4 Tips on How to Avoid Achilles Tendinitis for Runners

For runners who compete in long distance marathons, achilles tendinitis can affect your performance. It happens when the achilles (the large tendon that connects your two calf muscles to the back of your heel bone) gets inflamed due to too much stress, or sustained weight. Then, over time scar tissue covers the tendon making it less flexible, which can lead to subsequent damages like a tear. So, preventing and relieving foot pain like achilles tendinitis through strength-training and conditioning, rather than adding more support, can be an effective way to produce stronger feet that are less likely to have problems. Foot Grips A foot grip is an exercise much like a hand grip. The feet, using an isometric exercise, are contracted as if they are attempting to hold something. It can be done in any position, and when done...

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Shin Splints: One of The Most Common Running Injuries

Posted by on Apr 15, 2014 in Running Injuries | Comments Off on Shin Splints: One of The Most Common Running Injuries

Many runners, especially newbies, run the risk (no pun intended) of experiencing running injuries. Running can be a highly impactful cardio exercise. It has many benefits associated with the mind and body that can give you a very beneficial experience. In addition to being a great form of cardio workout, it can also do a world of good for your mood and mental well-being to go for a run on a warm summer morning with the sun out and the birds singing. Nobody wants to ruin this feeling of a healthy mind and body by encountering a troublesome running injury. People all too often start a healthy new endeavor such as a running regimen without the prior knowledge of how to properly stretch, train, and maintain their routine. Medial tibial stress syndrome, more commonly known as “shin splints”, is...

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