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New to Running? 4 Injuries to Watch Out For

It’s resolution time – again! How did we find ourselves in January, once again, resolving to act nicer, stick to a budget, eat healthier, lose weight, etc., etc.? New Year’s resolutions often revolve around ways to be healthier, and one of the best ones you can stick to is to exercise more.

If you’ve resolved to begin a running routine, you’ll be in very good company. According to internet statistics company statista.com, 65 million Americans participated in some kind of running regimen in 2017. People run for good reason:

  • It’s a great way to burn fat quickly, especially when done in slow/fast intervals
  • Running improves cardiovascular health and lowers blood pressure.
  • Since it’s a weight-bearing exercise, it improves bone density, meaning bones remain healthy and strong
  • An October, 2017 article in the New York Times reported on a study that suggests running can even stave off memory loss and dementia.

Beware these 4 injuries

If you’re ready to jump on the running bandwagon, Dr. Kenneth R. Wilhelm, board-certified podiatrist at Clifton Foot & Ankle Center in Centreville, Virginia, says, “Go for it.” However, in our practice, we treat many people for running injuries. Beginners should know about these top four:

  1. Tendinitis – inflammation of the tendons in your feet or ankles, often a result of doing too much too soon. Begin your running regimen with short distances and gradually increase them.
  2. Stress fractures – tiny cracks in any of the xxx bones of the foot or ankle.
  3. Plantar fasciitis – debilitating heel pain due to inflammation of the plantar fascia.
  4. Neuromas – nerves that form benign growths from irritated tissue that surrounds them.

One very important step to take to avoid all 4 of these injuries is to start out with an excellent running shoe. A store dedicated to runners and running shoes will have the best selection and advice, fitting you to the shoe that best fits your gait and foot anatomy. Consider also a consultation with Dr. Wilhelm before you get a shoe and begin running. He’s available to give you a full examination and analysis of your feet and ankles and send you off with an all-systems-go. Contact us online or give us a call at (703) 996-3000 for a consultation.

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