Cushioning in Shoes Does Not Always Prevent Injury

Cushioning in Shoes Does Not Always Prevent Injury

Running InjuriesDespite being good exercise, LA Cycling Fitness Examiner Jay Donelson states running can be hard on the feet, knees and hips. Donelson also says that runners should be able to select the right shoes.

Many runners run on hard concrete, and as a result could believe that having extra cushion in their footwear can help minimize the risk of injury.

However, a study conducted by the Sports Medicine Research Laboratory of the Department of Public Health in Luxembourg showed there was no difference among different levels of cushioning in shoes pertaining to lower extremity injuries.  However, other findings showed that heavier runners were 13 per cent more likely to suffer injuries than lighter runners.

A podiatrist like Dr. Donald C. Stran, DPM of Houston Foot and Ankle can provide exercise recommendations that allow you to gain strength in your feet and ankles while avoiding foot pain or foot injuries.

Exercise for Your Feet

If you spend most of your time on your feet, or don’t either way your feet should deserve attention. There are many people who exercise regularly and still don’t spend enough time to care for their feet. Your foot does get exposure that requires maintenance since your health has a lot to do with footing.


Toe rise – this exercise involves standing on the tip-toes for a count of 15 seconds, then resting your feet on ground. This exercise should be repeated three times a day to strengthen the feet.

Toe Pick-ups – the toes are exercises that are done by picking up small items using your toes. This helps strengthen the muscles on the upper part of the feet. Three sets along with 15 seconds being held should be completed. Small items like marbles or stationary will work.

Ankle Pump – can be performed upwards or downwards. The workout can be completed both ways at the same time. This involves flexing the foot either towards the shin or to the ground. This makes the foot work very well, working large parts of the muscles.

Stretching – your muscles in the feet need to relax and return to its natural stage. Placing both feet onto the ground and leaning with your back against a wall helps. This way when stretching occurs, both feet are relaxed.

If you have any questions, contact one of our offices located in Friendswood, TX; Missouri City, TX; Bay City, TX;  and Lake Jackson, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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