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How to Deal with a Sprained Ankle as a Runner

When we talk about running injuries, we typically think of the repetitive motion/overuse type of injuries like plantar fasciitis or shin splints.

These overuse injuries are certainly common among runners, but they aren’t the only injuries that runners find themselves dealing with from time to time.

Certain running injuries can come out of nowhere in the blink of an eye.

One such example is a sprained ankle.

A Sprained Ankle Can Happen to Any of Us

Model Sprained Ankle

And She’s OK… Game On!

Whether you run on the roads, the track, or the trails, a sprained ankle is a distinct possibility for any runner.

  • Step of a curb while running on the road and land funny
  • Running in a pack during a longer distance track race and step on another runners foot
  • An exposed tree root is one of many opportunities to turn an ankle while running on a trail

While I believe that most overuse injuries in running can be prevented, with something like a sprained ankle there really isn’t much that can be done in terms of prevention.

Sometimes your foot lands on an uneven surface, and before you know what happened you’re down.
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Ryan Light

Ryan Light Lives With OCD and Anxiety & Found Running to Be the Best Treatment Option


Today on the show I’m joining Ryan Light for a few easy miles.

Ryan Light

Ryan Light

Ryan has almost run more races than he can count, ranging in distances from 5ks to full marathons.

But for Ryan, racing is secondary to the benefits that running has had on helping him mentally. Ryan has dealt with OCD and anxiety for most of his life, and in some of his darkest times a friend and runner (that also had issues with anxiety) suggested he try running as a way to help with the symptoms he was dealing with.

In today’s episode, Ryan talks candidly about his struggles with OCD and anxiety, how running has helped change his focus to something that is positive, and how that change of focus his literally changed his life.

He also offers some words of advice for those that may be suffering with OCD and anxiety in silence that I think all of us can use when we are dealing with the inevitable rough patches in our lives.

Here are a few of the highlights from our chat. Read more

How to Treat Shin Splints for Runners (with Video)

If you’ve ever had shin splints, you know that it’s a painful injury that can take FOREVER to completely go away.

In this week’s video, I’m continuing the shin splints series by talking about how to treat shin splints, especially for us runners.

Please be forewarned, you may not like what I have to say in the video, but if you want to kick your shin splints as fast as possible this is the best advice I can possibly give.

If you missed last week’s video, make sure you check it out because I talked about what causes shin splints and exactly what the injury is.

Treating Your Plantar Fasciitis For the Last Time (with Video)

 

As a running coach and a Certified Athletic Trainer, I have heard a lot of runners talk about a number of different ways of treating your plantar fasciitis.

Some of the most simple methods (massage and stretching) are great, and some just make me shake my head (Strassburg sock and trying to tear it).

After last week’s video aired talking about what your plantar fascia actually is, what it does, and how it ends up with the itis, it only  made sense to give you some insight into how to get rid of the symptoms and get back to running pain free ASAP.

What is Your Tried and True Method That You Use for Treating Your Plantar Fasciitis?

Runners Knee Treatment: Fact vs. Fiction [with Video]


Anyone that has ever dealt with runners knee/IT Band syndrome knows how much it stinks to not be able to run without pain.

When it comes to runners knee treatment options, there are a handful of common suggestions–some of which are good and some of which are about useless. In this video, I’m addressing each of the common runners knee treatment options and giving you a heads up on which are most effective.

If you missed last weeks video on the causes of runners knee, make sure you check that out as well. And stay tuned for next week’s video, when I’ll be talking about how to prevent having to deal with runners knee in the first place!

Do You Have a Runners Knee Treatment That Has Worked for You That I Didn’t Cover in the Video? I’d Love to Hear How You Dealt with Your IT Band Issues!