Want to shed the excess weight you gained during Covid-19 lockdown? Or, do you want to get back on the running track after being stuck at home during the long lockdown? Well, over 40 million people in the United States run daily and it’s a very healthy fitness regime. But watch out for those running injuries that almost every runner has to experience at some point or the other. Here are some of the running injuries you should know about before you get into your running shoes.
Runner’s knee is one of the most common knee injuries out there. Some of the major causes of this injury include frail quads and misaligned knees. You should be especially aware if your feet become flat when such an injury occurs. If you hadn’t experienced this injury before, let us alert you that this will feel painful and prevent you from running for a while.
A thoughtful measure to prevent this injury is to wear, sturdy and comfortable running shoes. If you consult a doctor, you’ll likely receive recommendation to get a good amount of sleep and take pain relief meds to let the injury heal. Only in extreme cases, the doctor may suggest you to get physical therapy or visit an orthopedic physician to treat it.
Do you know that Plantar Fasciitis makes up about 8 percent of running injuries? Mainly improper ankle movement is the culprit behind this painful condition. You may be unable to do anything for weeks if this happens. Thus, it’s crucial that you take precaution so that it doesn’t occur in the first place.
If you get Plantar Fasciitis, the doctor will possibly treat it through rehabilitation methods such as arch tape and stretching exercises. You’ll also have to use a splint when you sleep.
Ankle sprains are an incredibly common running injury that more than 25,000 people face every day. Such a sprain happens when you swiftly twist or turn your foot and this in turn rips the ligament in your ankle. Though ankle sprains don’t usually need surgery, your recovery period will depend on the type of sprain you receive. The three types of sprain include mild, moderate and severe and obviously, your recovery period will extend as per intensity.
For a mild ankle sprain, the doctor would advise you to stay rested, keep your leg elevated and apply ice on the affected area. You may need to undergo surgery for more severe ankle sprains to safeguard against permanent damage.
Running is an excellent physical activity that is fun and refreshing and immensely beneficial for your physical and mental health. But as running injuries are common, you should always be prepared for them. Just keep in mind the different types and be aware of what to do when one occurs for timely action.