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Foot and Ankle Protection Tips for Runners

Running, a popular form of exercise embraced by many people across the globe, requires careful attention to foot and ankle protection to enhance performance and prevent injuries. Selecting the right footwear is essential for runners of all levels. Look for running shoes with adequate cushioning to absorb impact and reduce stress on joints, ligaments, and tendons. Ensure the shoes provide proper arch support to maintain alignment and stability throughout the gait cycle. Additionally, choose shoes with a snug yet comfortable fit to minimize friction and prevent blisters or irritation. Consider the terrain you will be running on and select shoes with appropriate traction and durability to withstand various surfaces and conditions. It is beneficial to Incorporate strength and flexibility exercises into your routine that can help to enhance foot and ankle stability and reduce the risk of strains or sprains. It is helpful to be aware of any discomfort or pain during runs and address issues promptly to prevent them from worsening. By prioritizing foot and ankle protection through wearing proper footwear and conditioning, runners can enjoy their runs safely and effectively. If you are seeking more information about foot and ankle protection while running, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist.

Ankle and foot injuries are common among athletes and in many sports. They can be caused by several problems and may be potentially serious. If you are feeling pain or think you were injured in a sporting event or when exercising, consult with one of our podiatrists from New York. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Common Injuries

The most common injuries that occur in sporting activities include:

  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Broken Foot
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Stress Fractures
  • Turf Toe


Symptoms vary depending upon the injury and in some cases, there may be no symptoms at all. However, in most cases, some form of symptom is experienced. Pain, aching, burning, bruising, tenderness, tightness or stiffness, sensation loss, difficulty moving, and swelling are the most common symptoms.


Just as symptoms vary depending upon the injury, so do treatment options. A common treatment method is known as the RICE method. This method involves rest, applying ice, compression and elevating the afflicted foot or ankle. If the injury appears to be more serious, surgery might be required, such as arthroscopic or reconstructive surgery. Lastly, rehabilitation or therapy might be needed to gain full functionality in the afflicted area. Any discomfort experienced by an athlete must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Ozone Park, and Manhasset, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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