Our bodies are not machines
and running injuries are all too common and can occur at
any time, not just during the race. I have researched the
top 5 common injuries for runners, along with some basic
tips on caring for your injuries. Please note this is general
information regarding injuries and aftercare and is in no
way medical advice or opinions from myself. Please consult
a doctor or Sports Injury Specialist for advice.
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This is a very common injury
and usually occurs in sprinters. It is also referred to
as a hamstring sprain or tear. Strictly speaking there are
3 hamstring muscles- Semitendinsus , Semimembranosus and
biceps femoris . These muscles are located in the thigh
area. Symptoms can include a sudden sharp pain at the back
of the leg, pain on stretching or contracting the muscle,
swelling and bruising or if the rupture is severe a gap
may be felt in the muscle. If the injury is severe, advice
should be sought from a Doctor or Sports Injury Specialist.
If not too severe the injury should be treated immediately
using cold therapy technique, resting and when not too painful,
basic strengthening and stretching exercises to keep the
Thigh supports can be used
such as Mueller
Neoprene Thigh Sleeve and Vulkan
Neoprene Thigh Support.
Usually a pain on the side
of the hip causing discomfort especially when lying on the
affected side. Bursitis is an inflammation of a bursa, a
small sac of fluid, its function is to protect other tissues
from compression and friction. A direct blow or stress to
the bursa can cause it to become inflammed. Common symptoms
for this include pain on the outer side of the hip, pain
whilst laying on the affected side of the hip, on running
, walking and climbing stairs. Again, consult a sports injury
specialist if the injury is severe, but applying ice packs
will often ease mild pain.
Hips supports are available
such as Compression
shorts and McDavid
Thudd Hexpad shorts.
Another common injury experienced
with runners. Early recognition and treatment of this problem
will help speed up the recovery from ankle ligament problems.
Symptoms can include pain, swelling, stiffness, instability
and weakness. Ice pack and cold therapy is advised in mild
Good ankle supports such as
Ultra lite ankle brace and Aircast
A60 ankle brace.
This injury will cause heel
pain and pain in the sole of the foot. It is an inflammation
of the fibrous sheath that runs most of the length of the
foot. It usually develops as a result of overuse. The pain
occurs during activity and is often painful first thing
in the morning when walking about after sleeping.Advice
includes ice pack for mild pain, wearing a night splint
to stretch the plantar fascia, taping the foot and supporting
the inner arch of the foot with insoles.
Dorsiwedge Night splint or Footmedics
Impact gel heel pads.
This is shin pain that can
occur due to a few different conditions. The most common
problem is Media Tibial Stress Syndrome, which is basically
an irritation of the shin bone (Tibia). In runners, this
is caused by over use and is not helped by running continously
on hard surfaces.Pain is often felt during exercise and
often aches long after. Anti inflammatory gel and ice packs
are effective in mild cases and wearing orthotic ans shock
absorbing insoles can help dramatically with this problem.
Mile Compression socks and Cho-Pat
shin splints sleeve.
Calf Supports & Shin Splints