You’ve been there before haven’t you?
Frustration because you can’t train the way you want to, with injuries and niggles limiting your ability to train consistently. It feels like your body can’t do what you want it to be able to do, no matter how much your mind is willing it on.
Injuries can be the biggest frustration because ultimately it’s taking away your ability to do what you want to do. It limits your freedom and takes away the joy of running and the feeling of vitality it provides.
In this article I’m going to help solve your problems with a list of 6 simple steps you can take to begin building the habits that will reduce the risk of injury as a runner.
But in this article, I will only discuss the blister treatment options that are medically sound and supremely effective. These are the techniques that as a podiatrist, I have used to great effect for runners at every 6-Day ultramarathon in Australia since 2014.
Before we begin, let’s talk about pre-emptive blister prevention techniques.
Clinician Vladimir Janda, famous for his lifetime of work treating muscular pathologies, describes K tape’s function as applying moderately contractile tape over the affected muscle, joint or soft tissue. This appears to cause gentle, passive, and constant contraction tension of the epidermis (have a look at the illustration below to better understand this concept). This affects muscle strength (Murray 2000) and can change blood flow in the taped muscle of injured subjects (Kase and Hashimoto 1998).
Among them, a metatarsal fracture is one of the most debilitating injuries a runner can have. The metatarsals are the most important bones in the foot since they allow for movement and stability. Each of them runs from the base of the foot near the ankle, all the way to the toes. A metatarsal fracture can put an athlete on the treatment table for anywhere between a couple of months to a year, depending on the severity.
This article will cover the best ways to recover from a metatarsal fracture, and look at examples of athletes who have made it back after sustaining the injury.