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How To Prevent Common Running Injuries


Select the right running shoe

It is necessary to select a running shoe which is engineered to match the specific foot type. A good selection is sure to help you prevent those common injuries. This can also make running all the more enjoyable and allow you to get plenty of mileage from your shoes. The shoe manufacturers have been trying to come up with shoes that match specific feet requirements. The feet generally fall into any of the three categories.

  • Floppy feet: Few people may have that ‘floppy’ foot which are loose jointed. This type of feet is too mobile. As they hit ground, they tend to give and roll within inside. Flat foot impression is left by floppy feet on wet sand. Running shoes that are improperly fitted may cause uneven wear in the shoe’s inside and outside. Heels are likely to wear unevenly on inside. The common injuries for such type of feet due to improperly fitted shoes can be arch pain, knee pain, and heel pain. This type of feet requires running control offering motion control.
  • Rigid feet: There are also people having ‘rigid’ feet. Such type of feet is tight jointed. They may not yield sufficient upon impact. This type of foot tends to leave just the toes, feet ball and heel impression in the wet sand. It is also called high arch feet. The improper running shoes for such type of feet wear unevenly on the outside of the shoe. It is on the external edge that the heels wear excessively. The common injuries that take place are shin splints, stress fractures, ankle sprains. For avoiding such impact related injuries, what you need to wear are impact-control running shoes.
  • Normal foot: It is the third type that falls somewhere between rigid and mobile. Such foot type may use any type of running shoe which is properly cushioned and stable.

Irrespective of the feet type that you have, when you shop for running shoes, you are to keep few things in mind. You should buy only branded pair of good quality running shoes. You should discuss your foot problems, shoe needs and foot type with an experienced and knowledgeable sales person. You can also check online to get to know more about the available brands along with their prices. Instead of running shoe, you may want to purchase a training shoe.

At the same time, you should wear socks which are similar comfortable for your feet. Wear them and check out if they can be worn without any hassle and start training using them. This way, you can avoid those common sports related injuries.