If you run a lot, at some point you might unfortunately experience an injury of some kind – there are few of us that run perfectly! Since I started running in 2012, I’ve had a wide variety of injuries, thankfully all of them minor. I’ve tried to catalog how I treated each injury and how long it took to recover in case you’re going through the same thing and are looking for a little advice! Disclaimer: I am not a doctor nor any other kind of medical professional, and most of my knowledge comes from Google, fellow runners, and my own common sense. In some cases, what worked for me might not work for you, so be sure to seek proper medical assistance as necessary.
Chronicle of Injuries
1. Black Toenails (2012)
Treatment and Prevention Tips
These are generally a minor (almost expected) injury with long distance running, no rest time needed
This was a significant injury for me, since I was limping just walking around. I took a few weeks off from running, and then ordered some orthotics to prevent it from happening again in the future.
3. Knee Bone Bruise (2013)
Diagnosis and Treatment
Bone bruises are painful, but not serious. Still stopped me from running for a few weeks.
For the most part, blisters won’t take you out of the game as long as you protect them when you’re running (to prevent them from getting worse). There’s also a variety of techniques you can use to prevent them, from getting blister free socks, rubbing a lubricant like Vaseline on your feet, and staying hydrated to prevent your feet from swelling while running. To be honest, I’m still dealing with bad blisters and trying to figure out how to prevent them all together. I’ll keep you posted along the way!
Other injury/recovery posts:
Pool Running Tips and Tricks – a great way to maintain running fitness while injured!
Strengthening Tips for Runners – avoid future injuries by strengthening weak muscles
Kidner Procedure (Accessory Navicular Surgery) (guest post by Alexa)