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Study by U.S. Army Focuses on Running Injuries

Study by U.S. Army Focuses on Running Injuries

iStock_000007367530XSmallSeveral lieutenants in U.S. Army conducted a study that focused on the frequency of injuries and the amount of force runners use when they hit the ground. The reason for the study is to try and lower the rate of injury among their own soldiers.

The military gathered a group consisting of several test subjects. 1027 Army men and women were monitored as the researchers examined their record of injuries and running techniques. The study’s conclusion was that the amount of force while running had no relationship to the injuries incurred by the runners.

Running injuries can happen even with the best prevention. If your foot or ankle was injured while running, see podiatrist Dr. Mark Landry of Kansas. Dr. Landry can treat your foot and ankle needs.


How to Prevent Running Injuries

Many common running injuries are caused by overuse and overtraining. When the back of the kneecap starts wearing out and starts causing pain in your knee, this is commonly referred to as runner’s knee. Runner’s knee is a decrease in strength in your quadriceps and can occur if you’re not wearing properly fitted or supporting shoes. Runner’s knee usually is treated with strengthening exercises focusing on the quad muscles and sports orthotic. To prevent runner’s knee, focusing on hip strengthening is a good idea, as well as strengthening your quads to keep the kneecaps aligned. Physical therapy can help you learn the best exercises to heal runner’s knee.

What Are Some Causes of Running Injuries?

– One cause of a common running injury is called iliotibial band syndrome.
– Plantar fasciitis is also another common injury.
– Stress fractures can occur from overtraining, lack of calcium, or even your running style.

Best Ways to Prevent Running Injuries
– Wear footwear that fits properly and suits your running needs.
– Running shoes are the only protective gear that runners have to safeguard them from injury.
– Make a training schedule. Adding strengthening exercises as well as regular stretching can help
If you have any questions, please contact our office in Overland Park, KS. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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