Running Injuries (Pt 1)

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Getting injured on the track is a common occurrence. A lot of factors can affect how they happen, but you can minimize the risk of permanent injuries by knowing the common running injuries and how to treat them.

Runner’s knee

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Running Injuries and How to Treat Them (Pt 1)

This is an injury from overusing your knee. This can also happen when your kneecap is out of alignment. You can feel pain in the knee when you go up or down the stairs, when you squat, or when you bend your knee. Once this happens, you should ice the knee and allow it to rest. Take NSAIDs if necessary and perform exercises that mobilize the knee area.

Stress fracture

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Running Injuries and How to Treat Them (Pt 1)

This is a minimal crack in the bone. It is caused by overworking your body and not allowing it to get the rest it needs. This crack may be small but it definitely causes pain and discomfort. This usually happens in the shin or the feet.

You can prevent this by not overworking your body. This is avoidable if you gradually transition your body into a more challenging routine. This will heal after about six to eight weeks of stress. Do not put your weight on the affected area.

Shin splint

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Running Injuries and How to Treat Them (Pt 1)

This happens on the tibia bone which is in your shin. It emits a sharp and distracting pain. This is caused by a drastic change in your routine, like running for longer miles or immediately running extra days in a week. The pain is very similar to that of a stress fracture.

You can treat this by keeping your legs elevated. Apply some ice packs to minimize the swelling and inflammation. You can buy over-the-counter medications to reduce inflammation. Wear some elastic compression bandages to avoid unnecessary movements in the area. Keep your weight off the leg in question. You can use a foam roller to massage the area. This will stimulate the blood circulation which will hasten the healing process. You can also incorporate stretching exercises.

Achilles tendinopathy

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Running Injuries and How to Treat Them (Pt 1)

This is also known as tendinitis. This is the inflammation of the Achilles tendon. It is the tendon that is large and serves to attach your calf muscle to your heel. This injury is caused by repetitive stress in the area. This can cause immense pain and stiffness. The injury can even affect the movement of your calf muscle.

You can treat this by applying ice packs or cold compresses on the area. Pair this sufficient rest and some regular calf stretches. You’ll be back on your feet in no time.