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RUNNERS NEED TO RECOGNIZE INJURIES EARLY

It’s important to recognize injuries early. Dr. Lee Firestone, suggests taking five to seven days off from training to see if symptoms such as redness, swelling and pain go away. If not, it’s time to seek professional help. He advises against anti-inflammatory medications during this period, since, he says, “that masks the symptoms.” If you don’t take time off in the early stages of an injury, he says, you may not only worsen the primary injury but you also risk incurring additional injuries as the body rushes to compensate for any movement deficiencies.
 
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Dr. Lee Firestone
 
 
A proper, early diagnosis will get you into a treatment plan that can help you recover quickly and well, Firestone says. He should know, but not just because he’s a podiatrist. Firestone once suffered a partially ruptured Achilles’ tendon. But with the right rest, rehab, and training, he came back a better runner. “You want to come back stronger than before,” says Firestone.
 
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.
 
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