Should I run through soreness or an injury?
“If you do find that you are sore, it is okay to run through soreness or an injury if you are not altering the way you run other than shortening stride, slowing cadence, or running a shorter amount of time/distance and the pain isn’t worsening as you do so,” Dee Frick, PT Advanced Physical Therapy Center of Goodrich Clinic Director.
I sprained my ankle…How long before I can run again safely?
“There are varying degrees of ankle sprains, so returning to running is heavily dependent on how severely you sprained your ankle. A mild sprain may be able to return to running in as little as 2 weeks, whereas a severe sprain could take a few months. Regardless of the severity of your injury, it is always best to return to running gradually to help your body rebuild and to test your ankle without re-injuring it. I suggest starting with a brisk walk on level ground and then building up to jogging or running pain free on level ground before running inclines, declines or trail running. Physical therapists are well equipped to treat ankle sprains and may be able to get you back on the road quicker then resting and rehabbing on your own,” Marjorie Saveski, MPT Advanced Physical Therapy Center – Hartland.
I have knee pain…Should I wear a brace?
“Braces are a great idea to give joints stability, and wearing a brace while running can be a good idea to prevent further injury. But, they should not be used long-term. Continued use of a brace can cause dependence and lead to muscle atrophy. If you continue to have knee pain, it is important to consult your doctor or your physical therapist to find out what is going on and correct the issue,” Megan Walker, PT, DPT Advanced Physical Therapy Center of Grand Blanc Clinic Director.