Running is a common pastime for many people.According to the Bangkok Post, many people wind up suffering injuries while running because they don’t stretch or warm-up properly. Sports medicine specialist Dr. Pornthep Mamanee of the Bangkok Academy of Sports and Exercise Medicine, says that, “…running is a good form to stay healthy and fit and causes fewer injuries than contact sports.”
However, even with the reduced risk of injury running is not foolproof. According to the Bangkok Post, runners who perform inadequate stretches or warm-ups are more likely to incur an inflamed Achilles tendon. Dr. Mamanee suggests changing shoes for every 500 km ran and of course performing proper warm ups.
Although no one can completely prevent injuries, it is possible to reduce the likelihood through stretching. For more information, see podiatrist Dr. Henry Slomowitz. Dr. Slomowitzcan treat your foot and ankle needs.
Stretching Your Feet
Being the backbone of the body, the feet carry your entire weight and can easily become overexerted, causing cramps and pain. As with any body part, stretching your feet can serve many benefits. From increasing flexibility to even providing some pain relief, be sure to give your feet a stretch from time to time. This is especially important for athletes or anyone performing aerobic exercises, but anyone experiencing foot pain or is on their feet constantly should also engage in this practice.
Good ways to stretch your feet are:
- Crossing one leg over the others and carefully pull your toes back. Do 10-20 repetitions and repeat the process for each foot
- Face a wall with your arms out and hands flat against the wall. Step back with one foot and keep it flat on the floor while moving the other leg forward. Lean towards the wall until you feel a stretch. Hold for 30 seconds and perform 10 repetitions for each foot
- Be sure not to overextend or push your limbs too hard or you could risk pulling or straining your muscle
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