Dr. Lawrence Bircoll from Resurgens Orthopaedics answers a reader’s question about running on hard surfaces.
Q: I recently heard some friends talking about the dangers of running on hard surfaces. Is this really a risk? What should I do to protect myself?
A: Running on hard surfaces like asphalt does place a slightly higher level of stress on your bones and joints compared to running on grass or unpaved trails. However, running is inherently stressful on these parts of the body regardless of the surface you’re on. The key to protecting yourself against stress injuries is to give your body a break from running. Biking, swimming and hiking are great alternatives to help mix up your routine.