Preventing overuse injuries : Running
What causes an overuse injury in a runner?
Overuse injury in a runner most often occurs because of a training error (running too far, too fast, too soon). With every mile that is run, the feet must absorb 110 tons of energy. Therefore, it is not surprising that up to 70% of runners develop an injury every year.
How can overuse injury be prevented?
You can decrease your risk of injury by following these recommendations:
What about orthotics to reduce the chance of injury?
Orthotics are inserts that are placed in shoes to correct bad alignment between the foot and the lower leg. You will probably need orthotics if you have a problem called pronation, which means that the inside of the foot turns in. If you have bad alignment but no pain with running and you do not suffer from repeated injuries, you probably do not need orthotics. Many world class athletes with bad alignment do not wear orthotics. However, your doctor may suggest orthotics if you have bad alignment and become injured and do not get better with other measures, such as rest, ice application and cross-training.
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