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Jogging and Running: Harmful of Beneficial To Your Foot Health?

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Jogging and running are a popular form of exercise and a source of enjoyment for many people. Among other things, a daily run can help you burn off some calories and get in shape.

However, a great amount of stress is put on your feet and legs when you run and while running can be beneficial to your health, if you don’t treat your feet and legs properly you could end up with injury. Sometimes even with conditioning and the proper training, injuries are sustained.

Some common foot problems for runners are: Achilles tendon problems, shin splints, blisters, corns, calluses, plantar fasciitis, and Athlete’s Foot.

Some of these problems can be avoided just by using proper hygiene. Always keep your feet powdered and dry and wear clean socks.

Also, make sure your shoes fit properly. This is very important. Choose a pair of shoes that fits the shape of your foot and your natural foot structure. Your feet and legs are under a lot of pressure when you run, so your shoes need to have good cushioning and shock absorption.

To prevent injury, your body needs to be conditioned to running. Build up to a running routine, giving your body time to strengthen so you don’t strain yourself. Serious injuries can occur if you don’t work into your routine slowly and allow your body time to adjust. You need to give your muscles, tendons and ligaments a good stretch before and after each run.

Jogging and running can be very beneficial to your health if done properly. Like in every sport, you need to pay attention to your body and not push it over its limits. If you have aches and pains that are recurring or increase over time, be sure to contact a doctor to discuss the problem.

If you keep running through the pain you could cause serious injury to yourself or even long-term damage.

If you have pain from running or jogging and would like to set up an appointment with us, you can call our office toll-free at 888-713-0906 or at 615-220-8788 or you can request an appointment online.

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