Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a first-timer, it’s important to prepare before you turkey trot in order to avoid injury, particularly to your feet and ankles. Dan Michaels, DPM, shares a key injury prevention tip for the big race.
As tempting as it can be to hop out of the car and right into the race, Dr. Michaels advises against it. “One of the best ways to prevent injuries leading up to a race, and I cannot stress this enough, is a solid warm-up and stretching routine,” Dr. Michaels said. “Running a race puts strain on the body, so make sure you are ready and able to handle this by warming up and slowing down gradually.”