Running injuries are a nuisance and can sideline a runner - sometimes for months. An injury differs from fatigue and soreness. It can usually be linked to an incident like a stumble or sudden onset of pain and should be handled differently than general soreness after a workout. Beginning runners need to be aware that some injuries can be treated with self care, while others may need the assistance of a medical professional. Rest is often the best remedy. It's also one of the hardest for runners. We tend to panic that our fitness level is waning during recovery.
Fortunately, there is a formula for treating injuries at home that will be effective in most cases. RICE is an acronym for rest, ice, compression, and elevation. RICE is an important part of working through running induced injuries. Much of the discomfort from injuries is a result of swelling and inflammation. RICE will help you combat those.
Ice -Applying cold to an inflamed area will help reduce pain and swelling. Cold compresses, or ice packs, should be applied several times daily for the first 2 -3 days during recovery. For foot and lower leg injuries, soak feet in a bucket of ice water. Zipper bags with water and ice cubes make a quick ice pack, as do packages of frozen vegetables such as peas. Heat can be applied after a couple of days.
Ice treatments can also aid in recovery from fatigue and soreness associated with everyday workouts.
Compression -Compression can also reduce swelling and support the injured area to prevent further damage. Use caution when applying wraps and Ace bandages as a wrap that is too tight can create additional swelling issues. Click here for wrapping instructions.
Compression socks or sleeves come in an array of colors and styles. They are ready to use and can give support to legs or joints. Just PULL them on.
Kinesio taping is another method of compression and support that works for some. I've had good experience with it, as well as, mediocre results. Be sure to learn how to apply it for the injury you want to treat.
Do you have a recovery tip that helps keep you healthy and on the move? Please share it in the comments below.
- Carol aka Running Granny Green
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