Are you ready for the obstacle course challenges that await you this year? More and more events are popping up every year with new and more difficult challenges. Often not enough preparation is done to conquer these big events and injuries are common, especially when it comes to the feet and lower legs. To prepare you for this year, we have come up with a few tips and tricks to try to help you complete the courses injury free.
Shoes are extremely important; they protect and absorb most of the shock during your run through the trenches and climbing over the hills. A well supported shoe with ankle stability and a midfoot support that contours the arch of your foot can really help to prevent ankle sprains and plantar fasciitis, as well as other injuries. Often a gait analysis, using our Zebris Force Distribution Treadmill, can help to provide you with information about how your lower limb functions, allowing us to provide you with appropriate footwear and orthotics. If needed, we can provide you with sports orthotics that are lighter and thinner, slipping into the shoe without you noticing and still providing that structural support needed.
Strengthening and stretching is an essential part of the preparation for these obstacle courses, it allows for more mobility and endurance as well as greater flexibility. Preparation for the event should take place months in advance, with routines that provide strength for the lower limbs, core and back.
Stretching before and after the event can help prevent injury to the quadriceps, hamstrings, calves and groin regions.
Strapping and massaging are not essential but can provide extra support for previous injuries that have occurred to a particular area of the foot. At The Forest Podiatry, we can strap the area and massage the region required to help give you that little extra push to get you over the line on the day. We also perform acupuncture which can alleviate pain by releasing the trigger points in the tight muscle belly.