Here’s what a doctor says you can do to help prevent swollen, red feet after your running session.

“Make sure you have good shoes,” begins Asim S. Aijaz, MD, a board certified pain management specialist with Advanced Pain Care in Texas.

“Just because your shoes look beautiful and new doesn’t mean they’re still doing their job.

“The padding in shoes does wear out, and this padding is very important in helping to absorb the shock to your feet, knees, hips and back.

“A common recommendation to help avoid such overuse injuries is to increase your intensity or distance gradually, some say by roughly 10 percent per week.

“It’s also recommended to take breaks and rest one to two days per week to avoid overuse injuries.”

If after making these changes, you still suffer from swollen and red feet after your running workout, then this might be related to improper running mechanics.

And how can a person run “wrong”? By holding onto a treadmill.

If you run on a treadmill, do not hold on.

Doing so warps natural spinal alignment and messes up the gait pattern, right down to the feet.

If you can’t keep up with the tread without holding on, then use a slower speed.

Dr. Aijaz has been involved with the Texas Pain Society, Spine Injection Society and the American Society for Interventional Pain Physicians.
Lorra Garrick has been covering medical, fitness and cybersecurity topics for many years, having written thousands of articles for print magazines and websites, including as a ghostwriter. She’s also a former ACE-certified personal trainer.  

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