Whether you live near a beach or a vacation this summer takes you to one, running on the sand near the water can be fun and relaxing. Aside from the soft sand beneath your toes and a great view, there are some great benefits and some dangers to watch out for to beach running.
Dr. Sanjay Patel, a foot specialist in Connecticut helps runners on a regular basis with treatment for foot problems, footwear and training advice. Running on sand can present some challenges and risks to your foot health if you aren’t careful. The muscles in your feet are going to work in a different way than when on a hard surface. Because your heels don’t land on a hard surface, your body relies on the muscles around your ankle to stabilize during each step. Your calf muscles are also put to the test to compensate for the difference in how your feet have to work.
To avoid overuse injuries, plantar fasciitis and shin splints, take the following into consideration before hitting the sand:
- Instead of just replacing road running with beach running, ease into it slowly. Build your routine slowly so your muscles have a chance to adjust.
- Avoid going barefoot as there could be a lot of debris and pieces of wood, glass and shells that could cut and injure your feet.
- Stick to the packed sand near the water’s edge for a firmer footing
- Be on guard for holes and divots that could cause ankle sprains
If you enjoy running but have new or recurring foot pain, please don’t hesitate to call Dr. Patel for help. He can diagnose the cause, identify potential problems and provide the right treatment to get you back on your feet! Make an appointment today by calling our podiatric office at (203) 876-7736 in Milford, CT or (203) 288-4055 in Hamden, CT.