Running and Preventing Knee Injury

There are a few reasons people go running. Running is a great way to stay active and keep the pounds away and for some this is the only reason to run. Some people enjoy running because it gets them away from the stresses that life brings. They can put in their earbuds and just take off without purpose or direction. What most people don’t think about when they are running is the stress that your knee is going through whenever your foot hits the pavement.

When you are running, every time your foot hits the ground, forces equaling two to four times your bodyweight land on your knee. This can cause some serious damage to your knee if you are not careful. Conquest MD would like to suggest a couple of things so that you can continue to run without developing runner’s knee.

Wear Good Shoes

Shoes are the most important thing you can have if you are a runner. You need to have a great, shock absorbing rubber sole. Shoes are only for a certain amount of miles too. Most will last 300-500 miles. It is important to invest in new shoes when it’s time.

Warm Up & Cool Down

It is also important that you prepare your knees, and the rest of your body for that matter, for any type of exercise. Warming up raises your heart rate and increases oxygen to your muscles. Cooling down prevents blood from pooling and also decreases the chance for soreness after your workout.

The doctors here at Conquest MD would like to remind you to remain healthy while running so that you do not have to live with knee pain. If you have any further questions on how you can prevent knee, please contact us today!