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What are the most common injuries you can get from running?

No matter if you’re gunning for a marathon, or going for your early morning run, running every day can put you at a risk of injury. Around 80% of all runners experience injury once in a year. Most common running injuries include lower limb injuries (hamstring strain, runner’s knee, IT band syndrome, meniscus tears) and foot injuries (ankle sprains, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendon rupture). You can reduce your risk of injury by wearing our Sports performance range. If you are prone to knee injuries, we recommend wearing Genutrain brace as it provides active support and stabilisation of the knee joint.

How can I prevent Runner’s knee?

Runner’s knee is the common name for knee conditions that cause pain in and around the kneecap in runners. These include patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) (front knee pain), iliotibial band syndrome (ITBS or IT Band Syndrome) (side knee pain), anterior knee pain and  chondromalacia patella (deterioration of patella). To prevent runner’s knee, we recommend stretching before your runs, performing knee strengthening exercises and wearing a protective brace such as Genutrain or Sports Knee Support. The omega pad in our Genutrain massages the patella tissue to relieve knee pain and promote muscle regeneration for fast recovery after your run. To treat runner’s knee conditions, we recommend GenuTrain P3 for kneecap relief. The P in P3 stands for patella. This knee brace is specifically designed to target the patella. The muscle relaxation pad relaxes the iliotibial muscle and minimizes strain which helps with IT Band syndrome. The patella pad provide patella-tracking which improves proprioception and helps joint stability.

How do I stop my ankles from hurting when I run?

Ankle injuries account up to 40% of all running injuries. You might even experience ankle pain without an injury due to the overuse of ankle muscles while running. To protect your ankle, we recommend Sports ankle support or Malleotrain. Malleotrain protects your ankle from damage or to get rid of existing ankle pain while running, we recommend wearing Malleotrain. The pad massages the malleoli to relieve a sore ankle, promote muscle regeneration and prevents relapse. You can also apply R.I.C.E (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) treatment to support pain relief. If you have a mild ankle sprain, we recommend wearing Malleotrain S. The “figure of eight” strapping system which stabilizes and protects the ankle joint without affecting the natural mobility. If you have a serious injury such as Achilles tendon rupture, we recommend wearing Achillotrain or Achillotrain Pro as its specially targeted to relieve Achilles heel. The viscoelastic heel wedge raises the heel and relieves the strain on the Achilles tendon. Proper rehab of an ankle injury is essential to prevent relapse and injuries of other body parts. 

Should runners use foot insoles?

Rapid movement with frequent twisting and turning on hard grass ground can increase the risk of foot injury. The stress on the bottom of the foot can cause conditions such as plantar fasciitis, where the tissue in the arch of the foot becomes inflamed and painful. We recommend using Bauerfeind foot in-soles Run and Walk which provides extra cushioning effect to prevent foot injuries. If you are already suffering from acute foot pain or plantar fasciitis, we recommend the ErgoPad Redux 2. 

Why do athletes and runners wear compression sleeves?

Compression socks and sleeves are popular amongst athletes and marathon runners all over the world due to their benefits in improving performance and aiding recovery. Compression improves blood circulation which helps the body to get rid of the lactic acid and supplies the muscles with nutrients. This helps your with faster recovery and prevents delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) or cramps.  Compression can assist you in increasing your running mileage without the risking injury. Unlike most other active wear and retail compression available in Australia (that are not gradient and provide much lower grade compression), Bauerfeind provides true medical-grade compression. Compression arm sleeves also protects the skin against the sun. Other benefits of compression in running include protection from scratches and abrasions in case of fall. 

Should you run through soreness?

Yes, you can run through soreness. Depending on the level of soreness, you can take an active recovery day or a rest day. Active recovery facilitates blood flow to the muscles and allows elimination of lactate from the muscles which can improve your performance. In addition, wear compression socks and sleeves as compression aids in faster recovery and oxygenating the muscles to decrease soreness.