New App Seeks to Help Prevent Running Injuries
By Dr. Bruce Theall
December 02, 2012
Category: Running


Taavi Sumberg is the developer of an app called “Strong Runner.”  This app is designed to be a helpful tool for runners as it includes information on warm-up exercises, core exercises, lower body exercises, stretching exercises, and the most common running injuries.  The information on running injuries includes symptoms, causes, alternative exercises that can be done if injured, as well as information on treatments.  Although the app is designed to best help those who follow its instructions, it can also aid those who are more casual runners as well.

If you feel that you may have sustained an injury while running or would like tips on how to further prevent injury you should seek out the advice of a podiatrist such as Dr. Bruce Theall of Gentle Touch Foot Care.  Dr. Theall can diagnose any injuries you may have as well as provide you with treatment and prevention options that work for you.

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. Runner’s knee usually is treated with strengthening exercises focusing on the quad muscles and sports orthotic.

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.


Best Ways to Prevent Running Injuries

  • Make a training schedule.
  • Wear footwear that fits properly and suits your running needs.
  • Stretching keeps muscles limber, this will help you gain better flexibility.
  • Running shoes are the only protective gear that runners have to safeguard them from injury.

If you have any questions, please visit our video library or contact our office located in East Orange, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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