Joining a running or bootcamp fitness group provides accountability, fun, and friendship—all of which help you stick to an exercise program. Check out the Lululemon Athletica Run Club in the Coachella Valley, CA. There is a great road and trail run coming up April 24, 2014, but if you have been running with underpronation injuries, your need to take care of them—before you are sidelined with a more serious foot problem.
When running, your feet are designed to absorb impact and distribute weight accordingly. Pronation is the natural movement of your foot—the way it rolls inward slightly when it comes in contact with the ground, to distribute the force of the impact. Underpronation is when your foot does not roll inward enough. In this case, your foot may roll outward, and the outside of your heel makes contact first each time your foot strikes the ground. When such a small area of your foot has to withstand all of the impact, your foot simply cannot distribute the weight properly.
You may have this problem if you notice your running shoes are worn down on the outside edge, or if they tilt outward when placed side by side on a flat surface. Having high arches or a tight Achilles tendon can lead to this foot movement. Underpronation injuries include plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, iliotibial band syndrome, stress fractures, shin splints and muscle strains and sprains. Continued running with these injuries could lead to further pain and a more serious injury.
We can help address the problem by analyzing your gait and providing footwear options, custom orthotics and stretching exercises. Contact Harvey R. Danciger, DPM today at (760) 568-0108 to make an appointment at our office in Palm Desert, CA.
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