Running ain’t just for fun, it has a host of advantages right from burning calories to getting mental relief. The down side is the injuries, if you are a regular runner, you may encounter some of these injuries. We will tell you simple ways to treat them.
Plantar literally means the sole of the foot and fascia is the connective tissue extending from the heel to the front of the foot sole. A person suffering from Plantar Fasciitis has pain at the bottom of the foot while walking or running. Excessive stress on the fascia causes inflammation and pain. This may occur when a person runs on hard surface regularly for with unsupportive footwear.
Plantar Fasciitis may take a few days to a couple of weeks to completely vanish. One can role a tennis ball under his feet, stretch calf muscles, stretch the toes and take a break from running. Inserting extra cushion inside the shoe is advisable. If the pain is too much a pain reliever pill will help.
Pretty simple this is a knee problem that occurs to runners. There is pain behind or near the kneecap, the cartilage in the knee overstressed. The pain and discomfort intensifies with the increase in exercise, running downhill, or muscular imbalance.
Initially cut down the running, if it doesn’t help stop it completely until the pain is gone. Stretching the muscles of the hips and legs will help in curbing the issue. Taking anti-inflammatory medicines along with rest would prove more beneficial.
Often we hear about athletes suffering from Achilles tendinitis. Achilles tendon is the tendon or tissue that connects the heel and the lower leg, technically this is the thickest tendon in the human body. There is acute pain and inflammation in the Achilles tendon due to uncomfortable footwear, stress on the calf muscles, while trying to cover a long distance quickly.
The name of the ailment is derived from the reference to Achilles heel from the Trojan War. Despite of mighty strength Achilles died by a poisonous arrow striking on his heel. This is basically a reference to somebody’s weakness.
The first thing to do in Achilles tendinitis is rest and not to be in a hurry to resume running. Stretching calf muscles, using extra cushion in shoes, taking anti-inflammatory pills will help. Athletes follow the RICE strategy, rest, ice, compression and elevation. This technique helps in internal bleeding and pain, it is considered a first aid.
If one is not getting relief from any of these DIY methods, consulting a doctor is a must, although the chances of which are minimal. Now you know about these injuries and their DIY treatment, we hope you will enjoy your running sessions with confidence.