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Q: Can running be harmful to my body?

Posted June 25, 2014 in Advice Column, Boone

A: Running has become a big part of many peoples’ health and exercise regimen in recent decades, and for good reason. It has very good cardiovascular benefits on top of weight control and overall fitness. The human body was designed and evolved to walk and run upright. However. the foot was not designed to do so on concrete.

Studies show that running on hard surfaces puts five to 10 times the normal amount of stress on the foot compared to walking on soft ground. The wear and tear from all of that repetitive pounding can take its toll not only on your feet, but also the ankles, knees, hips and back.  It is very common for runners to have repetitive stress injuries, especially when starting a new routine or getting active again after some time off.

The stress on your feet will alter your biomechanics and can lead to many issues such as plantar fasciitis, stress fractures, ankle sprains or knee, hip and back pain. You can prevent these issues by wearing good supportive shoes, using a quality orthotic and, most importantly, get your spine, feet and ankles checked regularly for proper mechanics.

A little preventive care can go a long way in making your runs easier and more enjoyable which, in turn, helps you achieve your goals. Stop by the office today to see if chiropractic care is the right fit for you.

Information provided by Dr. Chris Tigges of Boone Family Chiropractic, 1320 S. Marshall St., 432-9525.

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