Happy Trails: Saying Goodbye to Overuse Injuries
The city of Dallas, TX is known for many things, but among the city’s hidden gems are the many spectacular biking trails. The folks at the online magazine, D, highlight the best of the best in the Dallas area, and they’ve shared their top ten picks for biking trails: Spring Creek Forest, Dogwood Canyon, The Buckeye Trail, and Oak Point are just a few that made the list. Grab your wheels and check them out this weekend! Whether you are a beginner or avid cyclist, be aware that overuse injuries could have you sitting at home.
An overuse injury happens over time when you do too much, too quickly. For a runner, this could mean adding mileage or speed too quickly. For a cyclist, it is the force of the foot on the pedal that creates movement, leaving the lower extremity at risk for injury. That’s why appropriate biking footwear is vital. Select a shoe with the stability necessary to transfer power to the pedals. A lack of support will put strain on your arch, which can lead to arch pain and tendon problems over time.
Some of the common injuries seen in the cycling world include knee pain, shin splints, sesamoiditis, Achilles tendinitis, and numbness in the foot. Improper shoes, faulty foot positioning on the pedals, and the wrong saddle height can each contribute to these injuries. Riding in a high gear, training regularly on hilly terrain, or consistently standing on your pedals can put stress on your lower extremities as well. While it may be tempting to push through the pain, this is never a good idea. The experts at Dallas Podiatry Works should evaluate any sign of pain, numbness, tingling, or weakness.
We want you to enjoy life to the fullest. If pain or an overuse injury has stopped your wheels from turning, it is time to find relief. Make an appointment with Dr. Joel W. Brook and David R. Northcutt by calling our office in Dallas, TX at (972) 566-7474 or in Plano, TX at (972) 943-3323.
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