Treatment for Running Injuries

Mark Woo


Millions of people pound the pavements every single day in the UK. Some enjoy running, while others feel like they need to do it. Regardless of the reasons behind getting out there, it is an alarming fact that roughly half of all ‘regular’ runners develop at least one injury over the course of a year.

While the majority of these running injuries are minor, some are very uncomfortable and without treatment can develop into something more serious. Therefore, it is imperative that if you are a runner (casual or serious) you have the best equipment available to help treat your potential injuries. Ice packs for injuries should be commonplace in your home if you go out running because everybody is only one missed step away from requiring ice packs!

The most common running injuries

As you can see in the infographic below, there are nine ‘common’ injuries any runner can experience either during or after a run. At some point in their training, nearly all runners will suffer from one of the following:

Patella Femoral Pain Syndrome – this is the most common running injury. In fact, over 40% of all running injuries come from the knee. Ice packs can really help with the inflammation caused in or around the knees after a long run.

Achilles Tendonitis – the second most common injury that runners experience, Achilles Tendonitis is treatable with regular icing. Most runners suffer from this when they increase their ‘plan’ significantly without conditioning properly.

Running injury prevention

Prevention is always better than cure. However, we don’t live in a perfect world, which is why ice packs are a necessity! In any case, it is important that you take note of the 11 steps on the infographic, and take the time to think about them before you go out. Pay particular attention to point 11 – learn from your mistakes. Every runner is different in both physiology and mindset, so the ‘rules’ change from person to person.

Last but not least, make sure you firmly imprint this acronym in your running memory bank! R.I.C.E for injury treatment – that’s Rest – Ice – Compress – Elevate. Read further about the benefits of R.I.C.E. Therapy here.

By being more aware of your own limitations, following the correct practices and having the correct tools for the job you can live a more pleasant, injury-free running life…

Treatment for Running Injuries