adidas originals stan smith Knee pain and other running injuries
Below are five of the most common running injuries. Find out how to spot the symptoms, what causes the injuries and what to do if you get one, including when to get medical help.You’ll also find tips on how to avoid becoming injured in the first place, such as choosing the right shoes and warming up properly.Being injured can dent your motivation, so we’ve also included tips on how to get yourself up and running again once you’ve recovered.Whatever your injury, it’s important to listen to your body. Don’t run if you’re in pain and only start running again when you’ve recovered sufficiently.1. Knee painKnee pain, also called runner’s knee, can have many causes, such as swelling under the kneecap. Andy Byrne from David Roberts Physiotherapy in Manchester says thatknee pain is the most common condition he treats in runners.What does runner’s knee feel like?During your run, you may develop pain at the front of the knee, around the knee or behind the kneecap. The pain may be dull or it could be sharp and severe.What should I do aboutrunner’s knee?To help knee pain at home, Andy recommends applying ice to the knee and stretching. Hold ice (try a bag of frozen peas wrapped in a damp tea towel) on the painful area for around 20 minutes a few times a day. Never put ice directly on your skin.To stretch the area, Andy recommends lying on your side with your bad leg on top. Bend your top leg so that your foot goes back towards your bottom, then hold it there with your hand and keep both knees touching. Hold the stretch for at least 45 seconds, breathing deeply and feeling the stretch in the thigh. Repeatthis around six times a day.If the pain is severe or the knee is swollen, see your GP straight away. If your knee pain is not severe, stop running and get it checked by a GP or physiotherapist if the pain doesn’t go away after a week. They can also recommend stretches or exercises to help you recover.Can I still run with a painful knee?Don’t run if you have pain in your knee. If you still feel pain after a week’s rest, see your GP or physiotherapist. How soon you can start running again will depend on the cause of your knee pain and how severe it is. Your GP or physiotherapist can advise you.2. Achilles painThe Achilles tendon is the tough, rubbery cord at the back of the ankle that links the muscle to the bone. Regular running can cause wear and tear to the tendon over time.What doesAchilles painfeel like?You may have pain and swelling at the back of the ankle or heel. The pain may be minor but continuous, or it could be sudden and sharp. It may be worse first thing in the morning.