Posts tagged “Injury

8 Common Causes of Foot Pain among Runners

Runners spend a lot of time on their feet, and each one of us is likely to suffer from a foot problem at one time or another. Some of the conditions are minor, while others are fairly serious. The good news is, most of them can be prevented, or if you are unfortunate to have one, most can be easily treated.  The most common foot injuries are as below

Black toenails

This occurs when your toenail hits the end of the shoe or the top of the shoe. It causes your toe to bleed under the nail, and turns it black. If it hurts, you’ll want to go to the doctor so he can drain the blood. If it doesn’t hurt, you can leave it and your toenail will eventually fall off. It won’t be pretty, but it won’t cause any health issues.

Blisters

These often develop on the heel, side of the big toe, or between the toes, and are usually caused by shoes that don’t fit right or are brand new. If the blister isn’t causing a problem, you can leave it alone. But if it hurts or interferes with your running, you will need to “pop” the blister with a sterilized razor blade to get the fluid out.

Bunions

 

Cause the bone at the base of the big toe to stick out to the side, so your big toe leans toward your second toe. Improperly fitting shoes or wearing high heels is usually the culprit. Bunions can be painful, and your doctor may have to perform surgery to trim the bone. If it doesn’t bother you too much, you can use bunion pads or arch supports to take pressure off the ball of your big toe.

Bursitis

When you have pain under your three small toes, you have irritated the bursa. This usually occurs because you’re landing too hard on this part of your foot. You can try using metatarsal pads to correct the problem, but if the pain continues, you’ll need to see your doctor. An imbalance in your foot may need to be corrected with orthotics.

Hammertoes

If you have one or more toes that don’t stay straight, you have hammertoes. The tops and tips of your toes may hurt because of corns. The problem is usually caused by shoes that aren’t long enough. To help the pain, wrap your toes in lamb’s wool and wear shoes with a wider toe box. You can also have the joint in your toe surgically removed to flatten your toes.

Neuromas

When your nerve endings become inflamed, it causes burning between your toes. It’s a sharp, shooting pain, often accompanied by numbness. When the metatarsal bones are “loose” and move around, neuromas are often the result. When they flare up, ice the area. To try and prevent the pain, use metatarsal pads. If the pain continues, see your doctor.

Pain on the top of your foot

There are two types of injuries you may be suffering from: bruised or broken metatarsals, or a bone spur. A bruised or broken metatarsal will result in stabbing pain, and is usually caused by running long distances. There is no remedy except to stop running—you will need to be under a doctor’s care. A bone spur will be a bump on the top of your foot, caused by too much pressure on top of the foot. If you have a bone spur, you can wear larger shoes, not tie your shoes so tight, and put a pad around the spur.

Plantar faciitis

This is pain in the heel or arch. You usually feel the pain first thing in the morning or after you’ve been sitting for a long time. It can be caused by stride inefficiency, or when your weight doesn’t move correctly through your arch, and overstretches it. When you feel pain, ice the area. It will also help to stop your hill work and your speed work, stretch your calves well, and/or to wear arch supports, heel pads, or arch straps. If the pain persists, see your doctor. You should be able to correct the problem with orthotics.

These common running foot ailments don’t always have to stop you from enjoying the sport. Often you can wear properly fitting shoes and socks, replace your shoes when they are worn, and use correct running form to avoid them.

 

Article by Davy Kestens in RunAddict.com 


Cold Storage Triathlon Race Pack

Saturday is the day I have been looking forward after Aviva Ironman, there was tri events in between but I did not register for any, I had plan for Ironman Kenting (Taiwan) and Ironman New Zealand for this year, but it was scrapped.. so this was the next best thing for me, It may only be a OD event but I hell sure gonna enjoy it. Despite my injury I have not ran for four weeks.

The pain still persist in my foot and even after the X-ray doc cleared me it has not recover, well the show must go on with or without this injury, I have already skipped three events due to this injury but  encouragement and well wishes from peeps all around the World  sure help me going, sure I was depressed at one time cause of my immobility as all I did was my swim and bike.

A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work. Colin Powell

Come this Saturday I will be doing the OD without any run training. I hope I can still ace it. So here is the race pack review, I had no time to pick it up and got Eddy to help me on this one, I heard from many participant that the queue was horrendous as they only cramped the usual two days of race pack collection to only one day. One of them said it was a 30 min wait from door to door.

So whats in the bag?  Race guide, Race bib, Swim cap, Timing chip with ankle strap and brochures as usual.

The perishable items that was provided in the bag was

  1. Mission Chips
  2. Raisins
  3. Quaker Oats cookies
  4. Clorets mints
  5. Maxifuel Power gel
  6. Nature Valley bar
  7. Instant oats drinks
  8. Zappy wipes
  9. Cold Storage New Balance T (There was nothing printed on the back, maybe to save cost, I dont know)

Check this spot out for the post race review after Saturday.  Hopefully I am not too tired.

Wish Me Luck ~!


Common Running Injuries

All you runners out there, we are all not bullet proof, we are all not made of special Adamantiun like Wolverine.. and you bet your arse that we will be injured one day.  I have been lucky to date as the only running injury that I had was shin splits cause of my over training,  Stupid me.. cramping runs after runs everyday just for an upcoming race.

I know people take supplement when they have problems, but aren’t you suppose to take supplements EVEN before you have injuries? I recommend glucosamine  for your joints, well I do take them to prevent injuries (not taking chance)

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