Foot & Ankle Surgeon in Dallas, TX Gets You Ready for Marathon Season
It’s almost that time of year again, and our fellowship-trained foot surgeon, Dr. John Baca, is ready to hit the road running! With marathon season fast upon us, Dr. Baca wants to make sure YOU are ready – keep reading for some suggestions on how to keep your training regimen on track.
Our Expert Podiatrist in Dallas, TX, Shares Important Advice to Prevent Foot or Ankle Injuries
Don’t let a twisted ankle or strained muscle ruin your racing season. Here are Dr. Baca’s “Top 3 Training Tips.”
Tip #1 – Don’t Skip Your Warm Up & Stretch
This may sound intuitive, but many people simply don’t take the time to properly warm up or stretch, says Dr. Baca, our foot and ankle specialist in Dallas, TX. Not warming up before exercise or skipping the stretch when you are all done puts you at a much higher risk for a tendon injury or muscle tear. Dr. Baca suggests doing several minutes of quick, repetitive exercises like lunges or squats before your run to help to increase your mobility, range of motion, and flexibility.
Tip #2 – Be Careful Not to Overtrain
Our podiatrist in Dallas, TX, often sees injured patients who are so eager to get back into fit racing form that they end up training too aggressively. It is important to ease into your training program AND allow adequate recovery time, cautions Dr. Baca. He recommends using your “off” days for activities that are less stressful on your bones, tendons and joints, such as biking, swimming, or other forms of cross training.
Tip #3 – Most Importantly, Don’t Ignore Pain!
Minor aches and pains are usually part of the training process, says our foot and ankle surgeon in Dallas, TX, but any significant pain deserves your full attention. Dr. Baca urges patients who experience nagging pain with certain exercises, or continued pain that doesn’t go away, to make an appointment with Dallas Podiatry Works. Our team of experienced foot professionals diagnose and treat all kinds of sports injuries, and our goal is to get you back to the activity you love as soon as possible!
Our Foot & Ankle Surgeon in Dallas, TX, Gets You Back on Your Feet!
To have your sports-related injury evaluated by our award-winning podiatrist, schedule a same-day appointment at Dallas Podiatry Works by clicking here to use our convenient online appointment form. To contact us directly, call 972.853.7100.
Interested in Participating in a Local Marathon?
Here is a list of some upcoming dates in our area from Dr. Baca, our fellowship-trained foot surgeon in Dallas, TX:
- February 24 – Cowtown Marathon, 5k, 10k, Half-marathon, Marathon, Will Rogers Memorial Center
- March 3 – Trinity River Levee Run, 1k, 5k, Half-marathon, Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge
- March 10 – Don’t Quit 13.1, 5k, Half-marathon, Lake House, White Rock Lake
- March 18 – Big D Marathon, 5k, Half-marathon, Marathon, State Fair of Texas Fairgrounds
- March 24 – Rock “n” Roll Half Marathon, Lake House, White Rock Lake
- April 7 – Irving Marathon, 5k, 10k, Half-marathon, Marathon, Irving Convention Center
The information provided in this article is not meant to be medical advice and is for educational purposes only. If you would like to learn more about getting your feet into “marathon-shape” or other topics related to podiatry, feel free to contact Dallas Podiatry Works, with a convenient podiatry office in Dallas, TX, by clicking here or by calling 972.853.7100.