Going for a jog is one of the more pleasurable ways to exercise, especially if you live close to a beautiful path that caters to a nice run.
Running is one of the more popular exercises partially because of the beneficial effects that this activity bestows on your cardiovascular system, as well as the boost in leg strength and overall energy as you build your endurance.
Wearing correct gear and paying attention to your body can reduce the amount of injuries that you experience while running, but common injuries still pop up despite your best efforts to avoid getting hurt.
Plantar Fasciitis
This common runner’s injury occurs because of the overuse of the bottom of the foot, which absorbs thousands of impacts as you’re jogging. The ligament tissue of your sole begins to become swollen after repeated stress to the area, causing pain.
Eventually, if the foot isn’t supported correctly and not enough rest is provided, tears in the muscle cause further problems and additional pain, making it difficult to walk, never mind run. Rest, elevating the foot to drain the area and applying ice to the injury helps. Physical therapy from an experienced foot doctor can also reduce the impact of plantar fasciitis.
IT Band Syndrome
Iliotibial band syndrome, usually called the IT Band, is another overuse injury that avid runners suffer through. As the runner hits the group repeatedly, the tissue in the knee becomes negatively impacted by the stress, causing swelling around the connective tissues of the knee.
Purchasing a brace to support the knee reduces the damage that running causes, while deep tissue massage and physical therapy help increase overall healing of the knee. Knees with a bit of swelling benefit from anti-inflammatory pills like ibuprofen while serious swelling may require an injection of anti-inflammatory medication.
Tendons can become irritated and swollen due to overuse, even when you do all the correct stretches and wear the appropriate shoes, braces and supports. The swelling of the tendons cause stiffness and pain in the area, preventing you from running or training without serious discomfort. Rest, mindful stretching, physical therapy and anti-inflammatory medication helps to reduce the swelling that causes pain, allowing for an eventual return to running. Severe cases of tendinitis may require surgery to correct a structural issue that causes the tendons trouble.
These three common injuries also respond well to icing the affected area in an effort to reduce the swelling and pain. Cooling the affliction with a cold compress helps to reduce the blood flow to the injury while slowing the nerve activity in the area, easing the pain and making it more comfortable to move.