No matter how much or run – or how often you run – the risk of developing knee pain is always present. Running is hard on knee joints, whether you’re just out on your daily jog or you’re undergoing intensive training for a marathon. Here are some of the things you can do to reduce the chances of being hurt.
Be Selective in Your Footwear
Choosing the right shoes is critically important when it comes to reducing knee pain when running. Not only is the proper amount of cushioning a must, you also need to find a shoe that fits correctly. Pay special attention to getting the right width of shoe. Also, since many types of running shoes on the market today don’t provide a great deal of support, you should consider buying a quality insert. The best ones are a bit stiff; if you can bend it very easily, that is a sign it won’t give you the support you need.
Don’t Forget to Stretch
You simply cannot underestimate the importance of stretching before your run – not only is it good for your knees, it will help several other areas of your body. In addition to reducing the chance of developing knee pain, it can also help protect against injuries such as shin splints, hip problems and foot cramping.
Know Your Limits
Far too many runners overdo it and pay a significant price as a result. As soon as the weather becomes consistently warm, they immediately start running long distances. Start out slowly and gradually build yourself up to long runs. If you are a serious runner, make sure you rest at least a day or two each week.
Dr. Richard A. Marks is a Plano orthopedic surgeon who has a great deal of experience treating knee pain. If you would like to schedule an appointment, call our office at 972-301-2866 or contact us online.