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Einstein Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Minn Saing is the Medical Director for the Blue Cross Broad Street Run. He offers these tips to keep you in top form:
Recognize Risk. Runners are most vulnerable to injury at certain times during their running careers.
Fixable Problems. Most running injuries are caused by recurrent issues that are often identifiable and preventable by the runner making some small changes.
Training Errors. These are the most common source of injury. Here are some common errors that many of us commit:
Running Shoes. Comfort is key. Consideration of wide toe boxes to accommodate your individual anatomy.
Ideal Running Surface. Should be flat, resilient and relatively soft.
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Back. Most back pain is non surgical and will resolve with conservative management. Pain radiating down the leg should be evaluated by a physicianHip – Most hip disorders present as groin pain.Knee. Most overuse knee injuries are patella relatedAnkle. Recurrent ankle sprains could be related to ankle laxityFoot. Problems in runners are related to foot type
Treating Runner Injuries
We treat the majority of running injuries with conservative management. This will include a combination of therapies, including:
Protection – Bracing/SplintsRestIce to help with swelling and inflammationCompressionElevation
The addition of oral OTC or Rx antiflammatories may also be used. After a period of relative rest, the runner will be introduced back to running in an interval fashion.
If a runner experiences severe pain, swelling, loss of motion, or significant ambulatory dysfunction, the runner should seek consultation with a Sports Medicine Specialist.
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