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6 Tips to Prevent Foot and Ankle Running Injuries

Running is a popular spring sport that offers a number of health benefits. However, when not done properly, running injuries in the foot and ankle are very common. Whether you are running a 5k or a marathon, these tips from Dr. Jeffrey Jockel, a foot and ankle orthopedic surgeon at New England Baptist Hospital, can help reduce the risk for injury.

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Impact of Weight on Joint Health

Weight can play an important role on joint health. NEBH Orthopedic Surgeon Vivek Shah, MD, explains that when a person is even slightly overweight, it can add stress to their joints, especially their weight-bearing joints like the knees and hips. Every pound of weight gained puts an extra 3-5 pounds of pressure on knee joints. Losing weight can diminish pain and restore function in joints, especially when paired with exercise and a healthy diet.

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Preventing Common Basketball Injuries

As the official hospital of the Boston Celtics, New England Baptist Hospital sees firsthand the many injuries basketball players can incur. From ACL tears to sprained ankles to jammed fingers, Brian McKeon, MD, NEBH Orthopedic Surgeon and Chief Medical Officer and Head Team Physician for the Boston Celtics, has seen almost every injury possible. Here he discusses some of the more common injuries, and ways to prevent them. 

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Olympic Sport Highlight: Skiing

Skiing has been an Olympic sport since the first Winter Games in 1924 in Chamonix, France. This popular winter sport provides a number of health benefits for both the professional and casual athlete. It offers a great cardio workout while building various muscle groups including hamstrings, quadriceps, calves and hips. Additionally, it can improve balance, flexibility, agility, leg, and core strength.

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