There is an unfortunately high number of runners who will suffer from running-related joint pain at some time in their running lives.
Estimates for the injury frequency vary, as does the nature of the injury site and type. Despite this, research into recreational runners has shown that around 47% of individuals will suffer running-related joint pain at some point every year.
The problem with running injuries is that they are so varied in nature, with the foot, ankle, knee and hip complaints being the most frequent. To a lesser extent (but still common enough to be recorded) are lower back and neck complaints.
In this article we’re going to look at how we can ease joint pain in runners, providing practical solutions to the issue and helping affected people avoid more serious medical interventions later down the line.
When we say ‘joint pain’ we’re talking in non-specifics. It’s important that if you have a joint issue, you get it looked at and diagnosed by a suitably qualified medical professional.
Assuming that your injury isn’t a serious one and is caused by overuse, then we can start to remove causal factors. All the treatment in the world isn’t going to help if the cause isn’t addressed in the first place – getting ahead of the problem is a big part of the solution.
With that in mind, here are a few simple tips to prevent joint pain in runners…
Studies into running footwear have clearly linked a reduction in injury risk to the correct shoes. We’re all so individual that there’s no blanket advice for what training shoes are best – it depends on your biomechanics, your gait and your stride pattern. The way to determine the best running footwear for you is to have a professional analysis done.
One of the fundamental factors that can influence joint pain is how well you are managing your training load. It’s a double-edged sword though – too little running doesn’t offer much protection to the tissues because they never adapt. Research suggests that injury risk comes from increases in volume rather than intensity.
Solid research exists that links running technique with injury risk. Researchers found that increased stride rate resulted in decreased centre of mass, vertical excursion, ground reaction force, shock attenuation, and energy absorbed at the hip, knee, and ankle joints. An increased stride rate (reduced stride length) appears to reduce the magnitude of several key biomechanical factors associated with running injuries.
There are numerous studies showing the Topicals can have on reducing the underpinnings of knee pain. The formula used to create our products have powerful active ingredients. Our Prepare Roll-on increases blood flow, therefore improving tissue elasticity and mobility.
Our Deep Tissue Cream is infused with magnesium which helps the muscle relax after an activity aids in the recovery process. Simply apply the cream or Roll-on to help to ease the discomfort of inflammation.
Research shows that topicals reduce feelings of pain, DOMS and are effective at decreasing the production of free radicals and inflammatory mediators, easing pain in athletes.