From professional athletes to dedicated hobbyists to weekend warriors, injury is a fact of life. If you frequently exercise or play sports, you will find yourself injured at some point. The only real question is how injured you might be. For some people, they have nagging aches and pains that never truly progress into an injury. For others, they might be sidelined due to injury frequently. The rate of injury depends on thousands of different factors such as the sport you play, the age you are, the shape you’re in, and so much more. There is a saying that every athlete is an experiment of one. No two athletes are very much alike. Therefore, you have to do what is best for yourself to keep you as healthy as possible. There are some techniques that athletes have in common, though. There are steps that runners often take to avoid pain as much as possible. The nature of the pain differs but there are things you can do. Here are a few.
Forefoot pain is often caused by an uneven amount of pressure being applied to the front of your foot. It’s often caused by shoes that don’t regulate the manner in which your weight shifts to your forefoot. For most people, they land on the outer third of their foot and then roll their foot until it is flat against the ground. This is called pronating and involves the movement of the ankle. If you underpronate or overpronate, you could be creating an increased amount of pressure on the forefoot. A metatarsal pad is a great way to avoid some of that foot pain. A metatarsal pad goes just behind the ball of the foot and distributes the pressure more evenly.
You should see a sports podiatrist in Perth to make sure that your foot pain isn’t indicative of a larger problem. If it’s not a symptom of something larger, metatarsal pads or a new pair of shoes might help.
Heel pain often occurs when you land too heavily on your heels. Modern running shoes are built with a significant heel to toe drop. That encourages you to land on your heel and roll forward on your foot. Many people will attempt to alleviate their heel pain with shoes that have even more padding in the heel. For some people this is effective, but it also encourages you to land even more solidly on your heel. If more padded shoes don’t solve your problem or if you want to avoid landing on your heel at all, you should actually look for less shoe. A thinner, more minimalist shoe that doesn’t protect your heel automatically encourages you to land on the middle of your foot. Research says this is a softer landing that is less likely to cause pain.
Foot pain is not the only kind of pain that runners experience. Ankle, knee, and hip pain are also very common. You can avoid ankle pain by visiting a podiatrist who specialises in sports and asking for advice. Often, the solution to a running problem is very simple. Many of the issues that arise from running occur because the activity is so repetitive; therefore, the solution is often small.