The summer is a popular time of year for runners to start increasing their mileage in preparation for fall races with warmer temperatures and longer days. But there are a few things to keep in mind while increasing the mileage. One of the most important, listen to your body! If you’re noticing a new ache or pain realize that this might not be normal and seek help sooner than later. Better to get a professional opinion or treatment plan in place early to prevent a worsening condition before the fall reason season ramps up and you get sidelined.
A couple of pointers I would like to pass on as a fellow runner and Foot Doctor. Keep an eye on your gear, most importantly your foot gear. When the bottoms of your shoes start to show wear, it can change the mechanics of how your foot strikes the ground and possibly lead to injury. Most running shoes will last 300-500 miles. Depending on your weekly mileage, shoes might need to be replaced every 6 months. Stretch! Many injuries we see result from overuse as well as tightness, especially the calf which is well developed in runners. Get some good sleep. When we sleep our bodies can focus on healing and repair after tough workouts. Be cautious of over training. Build into your weekly training recovery days that will again, allow ample time for your body to recover from increased mileage.
If unfortunately you have an injury that is holding you back, please remember we are here to help! At Raleigh Foot & Ankle Center we strive each day to keep our patients active so that they can meet or exceed their goals. We have two convenient locations and offer some of the most cutting edge treatments in the Triangle for all foot and ankle conditions. We are here if you need us, but if not, happy running!!