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Meet Jessica!

Jessica has been blogging for over a year at Anchored in CLE about her adventures in Northeast Ohio and so much more. She found a true passion in health and fitness and recently started a new blog dedicated to just that called Jessica Gets Fit. She is excited to share her journey to a healthier, happier, more active lifestyle and her continuing weight loss journey. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Today Jessica weighs in on how to deal with your first running injury! 


How To Deal With Your First Running-Related Foot Injury

Hi! Im Jessica, a fellow amateur athlete who blogs over at Jessica Gets Fit (and Anchored in CLE). I have recently started training for my first 10K race (the 2014 Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon) and just experienced my first injury (which isnt fun, but is part of the territory).
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 I am not an expert or a doctor, so if you are in serious pain I highly suggest you see a trained professional. However, for a minor foot injury like mine, there are some simple things you can do to ease the pain and get better! I have not been diagnosed, but my foot pain sounds like its probably a mild case of plantar fasciitis. Being part of a running community, I have made friends with more experienced runners who are always willing to give me advice. I took to social media to find out more about my injury and what I could do to help. Heres a few suggestions:

1.    Rest
This is probably the most important thing you can do. Your feet need a break, and time to heal. Its better to play it safe so you dont make it worse in the long run.

2. Stretch
There are many stretches you can do to help loosen up the muscles. You can also use a foam roller or a foot massage ball. I found a mini foam roller and a foot massage ball at Five Below and they are great!
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3. Ice
A good old-fashioned ice bath for your feet can help reduce inflammation and relieve pain. You can also take over-the-counter

4. New shoes
If your shoes are old, have been overused, or if youve never been properly fitted for shoes - it may be time to invest in a new pair of running shoes. Your local specialty running store should have trained personnel to help you get the shoe support you need. Everyones stride and form is different, so not all shoes are made equal.
 
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If your pain persists, call your doctor as soon as possible. In the case of plantar fasciitis, the sooner you get treatment, the better. You can learn more about plantar fasciitis here.
Thanks to Jeremy for letting me takeover his blog and I hope this information was helpful!
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Comments

  1. great tips! i don't have so much of a foot injury as a leg and ankle one, but they are very transferable. i kinda also want those kicks! so cute.

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  2. Love my foam roller! Fortunately, I haven't had any injuries from running or any other exercise yet!

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  3. Those anecdotes are always such a help because they are inspiring and informative in ways that can immediately be of help. It's good that we can always get more help, in the form of medical assistance, because it is something that we can easily access and attain. Best of luck to both of you! All the best!

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  5. These are all true! I would do some stretching before every exercise as it would loosen the muscles. Your blog looks amazing and interesting, I have joined 5K races as well and I always have fun. Thanks for posting!

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  6. Those really are helpful suggestions! It’s never easy to have foot injury; it can hinder you from doing your usual routine. So as much as possible, it’s best to do an annual physical checkup, especially if you have an active lifestyle. That way, you can avoid serious injuries caused by some "minor inconveniences" later on.

    Patricia Briggs @ Source Brokerage

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  7. Thanks for those tips! Injuries can hurt you anytime, especially if you’re an active runner. First aid treatments can help minor injuries, but a serious pain should be handled by a professional. Anyway, I do hope you'll be able to share more tips on handling running injuries for the sake of those amateur runners who are looking for references. Keep safe!

    Agnes Lawson @ MedWell Spine, OsteoArthritis & Neuropathy Center

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