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Newcastle Podiatry - Monday, October 20, 2014

I want to start running to boost my fitness – how can I avoid injury?

Running injuries

If you're a runner, there's arguably no better place than our own backyard. Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and the Hunter Valley boast some of world's best running tracks, and whether you're taking a jog through Glenrock Reserve and along the Fernleigh Track or following the picturesque paths of Merewether and The Hill there's a route that will pique any runner's interest.

The great thing about running is it's cheap, it's good for our health and most people can do it. The trouble is, podiatry practices are packed with people suffering injuries from recreational running. But with the right podiatric help with technique and management, you can enjoy running without the injuries. Here's how:

  1. Get a good training plan. Understand your goals and how to achieve them. Speak to your podiatrist for tips on how to look after your muscles with stretching and strengthening exercises. The bulk of injuries are from overuse of particular joints and muscles.
  2. Review your Biomechanics. Only podiatrists fully understand how the lower limb functions in running and walking gait, spending years studying both pre and post graduate, techniques to enhance your running style via adjusting your method or utilising prescription functional foot orthotics.
  3. Choose the right footwear. We can help you find the optimum footwear for your body to help maximise your lower limb mechanics. Utilising the best local providers and our relationships with major footwear brands to select the optimal shoe for your activity and distance.
  4. Take rest days. Too much of the same can lead to injury – not overusing is the key so it's best to take regular rest days from running before it's too late and you're stuck on the couch.
  5. Rehabilitation. Our Podiatrists can rehabilitate your injuries if you’ve already suffered one. From hip, knee, foot and ankle all can be diagnosed and an appropriate exercise regime given. Podiatry is the first port of call these days from rehab due to our progressive understanding of whats best to put you back on the running trail.

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