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Approximately more than half of runners experience a running injury. Some of the most common injuries include muscle strains, stress fractures, and shin splints. To reduce your risk for injury it is important to include other forms of cross training with your running, such as resistance training and stretching to increase flexibility. Both of these forms of training will increase balance in the body while decreasing risk for injury.  

Runners can still be prone to running injuries even with proper precautions. If you are suffering from a running injury see one of our podiatrists of Foot Doctor of the East Bay. Our doctors will provide you with quality treatment and assist you with all of your foot and ankle concerns.

How to Prevent Running Injuries

Many common running injuries are caused by overuse and overtraining. When the back of the kneecap starts wearing out and starts causing pain in your knee, this is commonly referred to as runner’s knee. Runner’s knee is a decrease in strength in your quadriceps and can occur if you’re not wearing properly fitted or supporting shoes. To prevent runner’s knee, focusing on hip strengthening is a good idea, as well as strengthening your quads to keep the kneecaps aligned.

What Are Some Causes of Running Injuries?
- One cause of a common running injury is called iliotibial band syndrome.
- Plantar fasciitis is also another common injury.
- Stress fractures can occur from overtraining, lack of calcium, or even your running style.

Best Ways to Prevent Running Injuries
- Wear footwear that fits properly and suits your running needs.
- Running shoes are the only protective gear that runners have to safeguard them from injury.
- Make a training schedule. Adding strengthening exercises as well as regular stretching can help keep you strong and limber and can lessen the possibility of injuries.
- Stretching keeps muscles limber, this will help you gain better flexibility.

If you have any questions, please contact our offices located in San Leandro, Pleasanton, and Los Gatos, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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By Dr. Michael Stein
August 04, 2014
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Walking   Diabetes   heel fissures   injuries   blister  

HikingLeaning against an oak tree, you watch a largemouth bass leap into the air and grab an insect hovering over the water. It’s the perfect day for some fishing, a swim, or a brisk walk around Lake Chabot at Anthony Chabot Regional Park in San Leandro. In fact, walking and diabetes are a great pair.

First of all, walking is free, requires no instruction manual, and can be done anywhere. It’s so easy to open your front door, walk outside, and get some fresh air. You never know what you’ll see. In the Anthony Chabot Park, there have even been sightings of bald eagle nesting pairs!

The simple exercise of walking has also been known to lower blood sugar levels, which may help you manage and stabilize them better. After all, it is spikes in blood sugar that cause dangerous nerve damage in the feet. Symptoms like numbness and tingling—signs of neuropathy—may keep you from noticing pain from a puncture wound, sliver, blister, or more serious problems.

Walking is a low-impact activity too, which means the risk of injuries like broken ankles, heel fissures, and calluses, is lower. Poor circulation in the feet can slow down healing and lead to serious health complications like open wounds, foot ulcers, and Charcot foot. A small hike each day can help get that blood flowing, and help you lose weight that’s putting too much pressure on your lower limbs as well.

Before you head out, though, make sure you wear a comfortable pair of socks and shoes that won’t pinch, rub, or squeeze your feet during the walk. A small snack is a good idea too, to help keep your glucose levels in check.

Walking and diabetes are a good match for each other. If you’re just starting out, consult Dr. Michael Stein and Zeindelin Ahmad, DPM, at Foot Doctor of the East Bay for a foot exam before your exercise regimen begins. Call our San Leandro, CA office at (510) 483-3390, our Pleasanton, CA location at (925) 425-9684, or our Los Gatos, CA office at (408) 356-6767.

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By Dr. Michael Stein
July 21, 2014
Category: Foot Health

ArthritisStiff ankles can you make you feel and move like Frankenstein. Whether it’s walking, running or simply trying to go about your day, they hinder you with pain, discomfort and the inability to move the way in which you want or need. The most common cause of stiff ankles is arthritis. While there are many different types of this condition, each works in a similar way: the bones and cartilage of the body become extremely swollen and inflamed. This inflammation prevents your joints from moving with ease. Those with injuries or past trauma to the ankle are prone to developing this painful problem.

While arthritis is a serious medical condition that should be professionally treated, there are exercises for stiff ankles that you can do at home to improve your flexibility and regain mobility. One such exercise you can try is ankle circles.

Relax your back into a comfortable chair that provides plenty of back support and cushioning. Slowly, raise your leg until it is straightened out before you. Then, make gentle circles with your ankle to the right. Repeat this ten times before allowing your foot to rest on the floor. Next, you’ll want to rotate your ankle to the left. After resting again, move on to the other leg.

Another exercise you can try is to simply flex your ankle and push your forefoot up against a sturdy object like a wall for ten seconds. Do ten sets of these for each leg. This helps your ankle build strength and stability, thus decreasing your chance of stiffness developing.

Do you suffer from stiff ankles? Dr. Michael Stein and Zeindelin Ahmad at Foot Doctor of the East Bay are happy to provide you with more information and support. Visit us at any of our locations, in San Leandro, Pleasanton, and Los Gatos CA.

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