THROUGHOUT Spring and Summer, cities all over Australia play host to fun runs and running events, however every year, recreational enthusiasts run the risk of injury by not preparing properly.
It is estimated that one in 10 people will develop the common runners’ complaint of Plantar Fasciitis (heel pain) during their lifetime.
Heel pain and shin splints are just some of the issues that affect runners after a fun run or marathon, but all these complications may be avoided with proper prevention.
Sydney Sports Podiatrist, Karl Lockett: says “At least half a million Australians experience foot pain of varying degrees of severity at one time or another in their lives.
“Often, it is brought on by a ‘too hard, too soon’ approach to exercise, such as with running. “However, pain and injury can be avoided with some precautionary measures – recreational runners don’t always have the information they need when they start training.”
His tips to avoid injury when preparing for a fun run or marathon include:
Know your feet before you buy your runners; always warm up and cool down; start low and go slow – focus on your running technique; rest, repair – and eat blueberries.
“With proper preparation, participants can keep the ‘fun’ in ‘fun run’ this season, and enjoy all the health benefits of being active and running without injury,” he said.