When someone is sidelined with an illness or injury or they are recovering from one, you can tell what kind of person they are by the questions they ask. If the first question is “When can I start running again?” that person sees running and jogging as essential as to their happiness and well-being as being able to walk.
No one wants to get a foot or ankle injury. But for avid runners, such injuries are not only painful; they can be incredibly disruptive and depressing. Runners can also be more prone to foot and ankle problems than other folks, especially conditions like ankle sprains, Achilles tendonitis, and plantar fasciitis. Such risks combined with the importance of running in their lives make it imperative that runners take whatever steps they can to prevent such issues in the first place.
Here are some simple tips for runners that can help minimize the chances of a foot or ankle injury and keep them moving along:
- Warm Up and Stretch. If you’re a runner, we don’t have to tell you about the importance of stretching and warming up to get the body ready for a run – but we will. Lightly stretch or jog slowly for a few minutes before hitting your full stride.