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9 Running Injuries That Can Result From The Wrong Running Shoes

9 Running Injuries That Can Result From The Wrong Running Shoes

While running, wearing suitable shoes are important for your feet. If the choice of shoes are not proper, running causes a lot of strain on ankles, knees and feet. It can even result in serious injury.

The perfect running shoes should be able to provide adequate arch, heel cushioning and ankle support. Do not go running with worn out shoes. The size of the running shoes should also be half a size larger than the standard size. Here are some of the injuries that can occur because of ill-fitting running shoes:

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1. Runner’s Knee:

If you are experiencing moderate pain behind the kneecap or around it, then it is a sign of patellofemoral pain syndrome, also known as runner’s knee. It is caused by the constant pounding of the feet on the pavement. Muscle imbalance can cause it, as can downhill running and weak hips. It can be prevented by putting less stress on knees and ankles. You should choose your shoes carefully. Knee braces and anti-inflammatory medications can be used against runner’s knee.

2. Achilles tendinitis:

Achilles is the tissues that connect heels to the lower-leg muscles. This condition can be caused by factors like rapid increase in mileage, natural flat foot, tight calf muscles or wrong footwear. This condition can be prevented by stretching the calf muscles before every workout and wearing correct shoes.

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3. Plantar fasciitis:

This condition is caused because of irritation and inflammation of the tissue present at the bottom of the feet. Unsupportive footwear is one of the reasons for this state. It can lead to stiffness and pain in the arch of the foot. Choosing proper fitting running shoes with firm ankle and arch support can help in the prevention of this condition.

4. Shin splits:

It is one of the most irritating injuries. It is caused by the swelling of muscles and tendons present on the shinbone. This damage can be avoided by using shock absorbing insoles. These insoles help in absorbing the shock and keeping the bottom of the feet safe. The running shoes that you choose should not only be a perfect fit for the feet, it should also be able to absorb the impact of the pounding on the roads while running.

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5. Patellar tendinitis:

It is also known as jumper’s knee. This injury is not just common in jumpers, but also in distance runners. It can be caused by training too much, overpronation and too much running in the hills. The risk of this condition can be reduced by strengthening of hamstrings and quads. Use ice packs on the knee for relief, when you feel any related pain.

6. Blisters:

Blisters are caused by rubbing of the heel against the shoe. The top layer of the skin can will tear and leave a bubble between the layers of the skin. Prevention is the best way of dealing with blisters. Good running shoes are also vital in making sure there are no blisters. Make sure that the shoes fit smoothly and do not chafe.

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7. Ankle sprain:

The sprain occurs when the ankle rolls outward or inward.  It can stretch the ligaments, causing pain. The time of recovery depends on the severity of the injury. Having comfortable and suitable running shoes can help in the prevention of strain.

8. Iliotibial band syndrome:

It causes pain on the outside of the knee. Long distance runners are more prone to this condition. It is caused by inflammation of the iliotibial band. The pain can be reduced with proper care of the feet. Decreasing the inflammation with foam rolling can help with the pain.

9. Stress fracture:

These are tiny cracks which are caused by the constant pounding while running. It is a serious condition, so it must be dealt with carefully. If you have such a fracture, then physical therapy can help you. If the condition gets severe, then you need to go under surgery. These kinds of problems can be prevented by avoiding overstraining yourself, wearing proper shoes and making sure that the bones get enough calcium.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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