There are many different types of running injuries, some related to overuse, some related to warm-up and running technique, and some related to other factors like your shoes or the surface you run on. Injuries can affect any portion of your leg and foot, but most commonly affect the foot and ankle. Foot- and ankle-related running injuries can include:
Deep tissue injuries
Heel spurs or bone fragments
Neuromas and other nerve-related injuries
That depends on the type of injury you've experienced. In most cases, running-related injuries are treated with some combination of:
Resting to enable the site to heal
Using ice packs and cold therapy to reduce swelling and inflammation as well as pain
Compression to control swelling and to provide additional support to keep the injury from becoming worse
Elevation to reduce painful swelling
Using pain relievers and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs)
Physical therapy to restore range of motion, reduce pain, promote healing, and regain strength and flexibility
Surgery when needed to repair extensive damage or prevent additional damage from occurring
Before any treatment is administered, your injury will be thoroughly evaluated to ensure the best approach is used for optimal healing.
The two most important steps you can take to help prevent running injuries include knowing your limits (and not pushing yourself too far beyond them) and seeing the doctor at the first sign of an injury so treatment can begin as soon as possible. Other important steps include:
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