Running may well keep us fit and in shape, but it can also play havoc with our bodies. It can cause chronic issues caused by prolonged impact to more simple acute issues such as sprained muscles and twisted ankles.
However, there are steps one can take to minimise the risk of injury whilst running. Reducing the amount of road running can help to protect one’s ankles and knees, whilst going to a physio in SW18 (physios in this part of London are highly respected) to get help in strengthening core muscles, can help ensure small problems are not exacerbated.
One of the most important things for any runner will be buying the right pair of running shoes. Old, worn out or ill-fitting trainers will always cause problems, particularly over long distances. As such, it’s important to find a pair of shoes that fit correctly and has the right amount of support. A gait analysis can help determine which shoes are right for you and your running style.
Knowing when and when not to run is also extremely important. If you are tired or have any slight niggles, it’s advisable not to push yourself too hard. Reducing the amount of training you’re doing, even if just for a short time, is better than pushing yourself too hard and picking up an injury that could force a longer layoff. If you do pick up any niggling injuries, then this is the perfect time to book yourself in to see a Wimbledon physio. Seeking advice over such issues will pay off in the long run, as an experience physiotherapist should be able to identify any underlying problems, such as running posture and technique.
Finally, know your limits. If your body simply isn’t up to it, do not push it. Try to get fitter by all means, but not at the sake of your body. Build up slowly and you’ll reap the benefits in the long term.