5 Ailments to Watch for as a Runner

Ailments that Runners can expect

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Runners tend to sweat, especially when they are pushing themselves to the limits.  While this is normal, if not kept clean that sweat can cause problems for runners.  It’s not the all over sweat I’m talking about, but rather those that end up with sweaty feet.  Not everyone has sweaty feet, but those that do, know that they must take care of them.  It’s not much different than stepping in a puddle, except that you can’t feel the sweat building.  This seat can not only damage your feet, but your socks and shoes too the longer you are in that footwear.

There are other ailments that runners face in their time running, some that come over long periods of running, some are accidents, and some are because of how the person runs.  There are some basic common ailments that you want to be aware of, so that you can either avoid them altogether or know how to treat them when they do occur.  You don’t want to interrupt your running routine for a long period if it means having to sit out and heal.  It makes it that much harder to get back into it.

Fungus

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Sweat, wet feet, or too much moisture on and around the feet when they are confined in a tight place (your shoes) can create a fungus in your feet.  There are many types out there but the most common is athletes foot.  It might appear like a rash, and it can get itchy and painful.  Often it grows in between the toes and on the bottom of the toe area.  There are sprays you can get for your shoes which will help to kill the fungus from growing and spreading there.  That same spray can be used on your feet, or you can use a topical cream that is made for athlete’s foot as well.  Those who work out and shower in a public gym are more susceptible to this fungus than those that workout at home.  Those same sprays should be taken to the gym and sprayed on your feet before you put them in your shoes if you shower at the gym.

 

Injury

Getting hurt can happen when you trip, run into something, or land wrong.  You can twist and ankle, sprain your ankle or foot, or even break a bone.  Injuries are least likely in runners that make a regular habit of their running.  When they do occur, it is usually do to the runner doing something they don’t normally do, and are unprepared for the outcome.  This is not always the case.

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Growths

This is not common to runners, but it can happen.  Sometimes people experience different types of growths on their heels, feet, and toes.  They can be painful and annoying and in many cases, they require treatment.  The causes vary from the wrong types of shoes, to the muscles in your feet and legs not getting stretched properly.  The most common growths are corns, although warts sometimes fall into that same category.  There are also heel spurs which are fragments of bone that were stimulated to grow near your ankles and can be painful.  These often need surgery to be removed.

A bursitis is another ailment that results in a growth and it is commonly treated with a stretching boot and cortisone shots.  Extreme cases could also result in surgery.  This looks like a swollen part of the foot, usually looking like a lump.  It can be painful to touch, or it could feel better when it is rubbed out like a sore shoulder.

Blisters

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Another common ailment that runners gain are blisters.  Usually caused by a combination of things such as moisture and repeated rubbing on a surface such as the texture of a shoe.  Getting them constantly is probably a sign that you have the wrong type of shoes, or that they are too big or small.  Blister can hurt when they grow, and hurt worse when they pop.  It leaves the skin raw and exposed.  A blister is a little bubble of your skin that contains moisture inside it.  It’s best to cover them with blister pads such as lamb’s wool that you can find in the footcare section of a drug store.  Change shoes and socks when you can, and make sure you have the right size footwear.

 

 

Soreness

This is common, especially the first few times that you run or push yourself.  What you want to be concerned with is repeated soreness in the same area, when you haven’t had any in a while, or at all.  That soreness could be the sign of injury to the muscles such as over use, or stretching them past their limits.  You could cause further damage if you continue to use those same muscles if you are not careful

When to Seek Medical Attention

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There is a simple rule that I live by.  If I don’t know what it is, and common over the counter medicines can’t fix the issue, it’s time to see a doctor.  Those doctors might have to refer you to a specialist, but most of the time the injuries and ailments that they treat are common and they can usually diagnose the cause right away.  Be honest with your doctor and be sure that you follow their advice, so you can heal fast.  Follow up with the doctor after some time, even if you feel better.

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