With the warmer weather, runners are once again taking to the outdoors. New Orleans orthopedic surgeon Dr. Richard Meyer offers the following tips to keep you in top form.
Know the Risks. Runners are most vulnerable to injury at these times:
- Upon initial running (first 4-6 months)
- When returning to running after an injury;
- When running longer distances;
- When running faster.
Problems You Can Fix. Most running injuries are caused by continuing issues that are often identifiable by your New Orleans orthopedic surgeon and can be prevented by making some minor changes to the runner’s routine.
Errors When Training. Here are some common errors that many runners commit:
- Inadequate pre-running stretching;
- Rapid changes in distance;
- Increase in incline training;
- Interval training changes;
- Insufficient rest between sessions.
The Right Running Shoes. Comfort is key, and your New Orleans orthopedic surgeon suggests replacing your shoes after 600 miles of use.
Proper Running Surface. The best surface should be flat, resilient and relatively soft. Runners should avoid concrete or rough road surfaces and avoid hills when just starting out.
Pay Attention to the Weather.
- In warm and humid conditions, increase fluid intake;
- Weigh yourself before and after and consume 0.5 liters per lb. lost;
- Wear the proper attire in cold weather;
- Avoid extreme hot/cold;
- Check air pollution levels.
- At higher altitudes, allow time for acclimatization
Treating Running Injuries
The majority of running injuries are treated by your New Orleans orthopedic surgeon with conservative management. This will include a combination of therapies, including bracing/splints and RICE (rest, ice compression and elevation).
The addition of oral OTC or prescription anti-inflammatories may also be used. If you experience severe pain, swelling, loss of motion, or significant ambulatory problems, call New Orleans orthopedic surgeon Dr. Richard Meyer to schedule an appointment.