Simple steps can prevent injuries, experts say
TUESDAY, July 14 (HealthDay News) -- Jogging can be great for your heart, your weight and your mental health.
But running can be tough on the body. All that pounding leaves runners prone to shin splints, stress fractures, pulled muscles, ankle sprains, plantar fasciitis (heel pain), knee problems and issues with their hips and back.
To prevent injuries, make sure you take precautions, including wearing the right shoes, taking it easy if you're feeling sore, and building your speed and intensity over time.
"Symptoms are a great guide in running," Dr. Judith F. Baumhauer, of the University of Rochester School of Medicine in New York, said in a news release from the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society. "Common sense is a good barometer of when something is wrong and professional help is needed."
The American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society offers these tips on getting your running up to speed safely:
Go shoe shopping.
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