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Surgery For Runner’s Injuries

While majority of running injuries (runners knee, ankle sprain, shinsplints, Achilles tendinitis etc) are treatable by home therapy of rest, massage and pain killers some cases are severe and may require surgery treatment.

Running times have a series on running injuries and in this weeks podcast, Sport podiatrist Brian Fullem discusses advances in surgical techniques for runners that enable a faster return to running.

To listen to the podcast click RunningTimes-ModernFootSurgeryForRunners835.mp3

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Demonstration of Perfect Runner’s Foot Strike

The reason why scientist claim running barefoot is better that running on shoes is the foot strike.In bare foot running you land on the front of your feet while running on shoes you land on your heel.

The following images shows the foot strike difference in bare foot running and running in shoes.

Image courtesy of Havard University

The landing on heels is the cause of repetitive stress injuries such as ankle injury, calf injury and Achilles tendinitis.

If you have been looking for the best foot strike or good foot strike to help in your running technique /style just study the above image.

Stanchart Marathon Training Week 13 : My First Injury

Suffering injuries is part of the deal of choosing a running lifestyle.

The last week I suffered my first injury as I continue training for 2009 Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon. I have suffered an Achilles Tendonittis in other words it is an inflammation of the Achilles. For a good description look at the image below.

achillies-tendonitis injuryIf I was to take an x-ray of my leg it would look something like that.

Thanks to the injury I had to cancel one day of speed work and I have decided to cancel my weekly long run.

I have this nagging pain on the area, it is not serious and I could still run with the pain but I have decided to take precaution and avoid see it turn into something more serious. After all time is on my side, I started marathon training two months ago and I have made great progress and I still have two more months before the marathon. Start your training early and you will have time to treat inevitable injuries and get back to training.

What caused the Achilles Tendinitis.

I speculate it has something today with the changes in my training. The last two week I have been doing serious speed work and I guese the fast running was more than my body could handle.

Treatment of the Achilles tendinitis

A one week rest,wearing my sports shoes instead of my heavy boots to work, a few calf muscle strength exercise plus applying an anti-inflammation cream should heal the archilles tendonitis.

Achilles Tendinitis : 5 Step Treatment & cure

I was reading a running forum and one runner who was suffering from achilles tendonitis asked what is the best form of treatment.

The best answer I read was from a runner called Chris, it went like this

I have/had Achilles Tendinitis. My first flare up was during my training for the Charlottesville Marathon. I didn’t end up running that marathon – but I did prevent my Achilles tendonitis from going into high gear. Achiles tendinitis¬† isn’t cut dry. You don’t just have it or not. There are several stages/degrees. I had the “beginning stages” (this was per my orthopedic doctor).

Five Step Treatment of Achilles tendinitis

He told me to continue to run at a limited amount (incorporate cross training) and start a few things:

1. Ice nightly – i fall asleep with ice packs wrapped around my achilles.

2. anti-inflammatory – he started me on naproxcin, but recommended me taking that for only a short time. After a week or so of that he told me to switch to Quertecin/Bromelain mixture (can get it @ The Vitamin Shoppe, or other health food stores). It’s a natural anti-inflammatory. So, I take that (still) 2x’s a day.

3. Avoid walking barefoot. I am currently in my pj’s – and I have a pair of tennis shoes on. It looks ridiculous but it helps.

4. Stretch out your at before you step out of bed. Take your big toe and point it up to the sky for 15 sec – 3x’s before planting your feet on the floor.

5. Stretch throughout the day – and especially throughout your runs.

It took me 4 months to get my Achilles Tendon back to normal, but be warned. Once you get it you are now susceptible to getting it again (I know it sucks). I have had it 2 times in the past 2 years. The first time it took 4 months, the following time I was prepared and nipped it in the butt and it never got out of hand.

I hope this helps a little. I know how much I love to run and even the slightest set back makes me sad.

Good luck to you!