Unfortunately runners get injuries, it’s a fact of life. Sometimes as runners, we can treat those injuries and they go away in a few days or even a few weeks. When that happens that’s great and we can all move on and keep enjoying running. However sometimes we either get the wrong treatment or our bodies just don’t play along and the injury becomes chronic. At the clinic we see runners who have been dealing with injuries for years and years. Most of these people haven’t stopped running while dealing with their injuries but usually their performance and love of running have decreased significantly.
So here’s some tips on dealing with chronic injuries if stopping isn’t an option.
- Be patient: If an injury has been there for a long time, it’s probably going to take a long time to go away (think months not weeks)
- Set realistic goals: Set yourself a timeframe that you want to have the injury sorted out by and start making steps towards that today
- Get help: Get someone who knows about running and injuries to help you through, sometimes a quick google isn’t the best option
- Be willing to change: Some people need to decrease their K’s. Adding in alternative exercise can help keep your fitness at the same level
- Stick to the plan: If you’ve been given a treatment plan, stick to it as instructed it’s their to help you reach those goals!
- Be tough: Sometimes a little bit of pain is okay and you can keep running, however speak to a health professional about your case first
- Get your feet right: As a Podiatrist I can’t stress the importance of this! Don’t let yourself run on sore or tired feet