Treatment for Running Injuries
When you are out there running, it is easy to push yourself too hard and end up with an injury. It can be frustrating when this happens. Every runner I’ve treated doesn’t like to hear that they need to take a pause and trust me, I get it. I’m a workout nut.
Fortunately, there are treatments available to help you recover. In this post, we will discuss the different types of running injuries and the treatments available for them. We hope that this information will help you get back to your running routine as soon as possible.
In a previous post, we discussed how to prevent running injuries and briefly went over some of the most common running injuries. To recap some of the most common running injuries are:
Achilles tendonitis is a common injury among runners, especially those who are just starting out. The Achilles tendon is the thickest and strongest tendon in the body, connecting the calf muscles to the heel bone, but it can easily become inflamed or irritated if you’re not careful.
Symptoms of Achilles tendonitis include pain and stiffness in the Achilles tendon, swelling, and difficulty flexing your ankle. If you think you might have Achilles tendonitis, it’s important to call us away. Untreated tendonitis can lead to more serious problems, such as a ruptured tendon.
Another common running injury is a sprained ankle. This happens when you twist or stretch the ligaments that support the ankle beyond their limits. Symptoms include pain, swelling, and difficulty walking. You should apply ice and compression to the area. Don’t wait to seek treatment. Not treating a sprained ankle properly will delay your return to running.
An ankle sprain can often be confused with another common running injury: peroneal tendonitis. There are two peroneal tendons that stabilize your foot and protect it from sprains. It becomes peroneal tendonitis when one or both become inflamed. Symptoms of peroneal tendonitis can include pain around the ankle, swelling, stiffness, and difficulty walking. Not only is peroneal tendonitis often mistaken for an ankle sprain, but the peroneal tendon is also slow to heal, especially without the proper treatment.
If you begin to experience pain in your arch or heel you may have plantar fasciitis. Many runners get plantar fasciitis due to lack of proper arch support and lack of stretching (we’ll discuss that more below). Plantar fasciitis is a condition that many people think will get better on its own, but trust us, it won’t. Or maybe it will and then it comes back over and over again. Identifying the root cause of the problem will minimize flare-ups in the future.
Symptoms include pain and stiffness in your arch and heel, pain after standing, or feeling that your feet are tired. Seeking treatment is important to prevent a more serious condition such as a plantar fascia tear.
Since most running injuries involve tendons and ligaments, steroid injections are not an option. Injecting steroids into these areas can weaken the tendons and lead to a possible rupture, which is a problem. Instead, we use the following regimen to get you back on your feet as soon as possible.
Unfortunately, injured tendons and ligaments need rest. If your injury is severe, you will need an immobilizing walking boot or ankle support. This means no running. To prevent further injury and prolonging your rest period, we need you to take a short hiatus while you heal. Don’t worry, we have a trick up our sleeve that will speed up the healing process.
We use laser therapy to cut patients’ recovery time in half. Yes, you heard that right!
Our FDA-Cleared Class IV MLS Laser uses concentrated light energy to stimulate the body’s own healing process to minimize pain and inflammation. It also promotes healing. The laser treats conditions without excessive thermal effect (a.k.a heat), since it is painful. The MLS laser is a cold laser, which uses specific wavelengths and a patented delivery system to speed up the process of relieving inflammation, pain and repairing damaged tissue.
Most patients feel a 75% reduction in pain after just six laser treatments performed in two weeks. Many patients who were scheduled for surgery were able to delay or cancel their surgery because MLS laser therapy significantly reduced or eliminated their pain.
Laser therapy is the best way to get you back on your feet in the shortest amount of time. The best part is you don’t need to see a doctor before receiving laser treatment. You can simply call and schedule your laser appointment today!
After your short stint in the boot, we will fit you with a pair of custom orthotics. Orthotics are the best way to prevent running injuries in the future. We design an orthotic based on the unique features of your foot to provide the best correction and support. By simply correcting the alignment of your foot with an orthotic, your foot will function better while running and therefore your likelihood of injury will decrease significantly.
If you’re struggling with a running injury, don’t worry – help is available. Contact our office today at 859-264-1141 or schedule an appointment online to get started on your road to recovery. We’ll work with you to develop a treatment plan that gets you back on your feet as quickly as possible. In the meantime, be sure to stay positive and focus on healing so you can get back to doing what you love most: running!