Running may be one of the simplest exercises that we can do, but it can still cause many different injuries. Most of these injuries occur in the lower extremities and vary greatly in level of pain. Some of these injuries just make it annoying to run, while some of them force you to stop running in order to heal. The first step to figuring out how to rehabilitate your injury is to seek a professional opinion. A Phoenix sports therapy professional can diagnose your injury and its severity; then let you know the healthiest and most efficient way to get you back to running. A beneficial supplement to rehabilitation is RockTape. This tape can help with the rehabilitation process by relieving the pressure on the affected area as well as promoting blood flow to the area.
The common running injuries that we will address are sprained ankles, plantar fasciitis, shin splints, and knee pain. RockTape can be beneficial in the rehabilitation process for each of these injuries and can actually speed the process so that you can get back to running quicker. RockTape is not as simple as regular athletic tape to apply, it requires specific applications that vary for different body parts. Many applications can be done yourself, some applications like the back require another person to apply the tape. These specific applications will be discussed for the previously mentioned injuries.
Ankle sprains are common when running on trails and uneven grounds. Sprains vary in severity, and rehabilitation time. Rehabilitation time varies from a couple of days to over a month depending on the severity. The RockTape application for the ankle is simple and can help to support the affected ligaments as well as reduce the inflammation by promoting blood flow to the area. The following video shows a general application of RockTape for ankle sprains: https://youtu.be/F0hChAZRZlE
Plantar Fasciitis is one of the more annoying injuries for a runner, or any individual to deal with. There is no way to get rid of this injury than to rest; when easing back into running from plantar fasciitis RockTape will help to provide additional support for the bottom of the foot as well as promoting blood flow which will help delay the onset of fatigue in the muscles affected by plantar fasciitis. The following video will show a general application for plantar fasciitis: https://youtu.be/0x23gSEqKQ4. However, this video states to cut a piece of tape to apply from heel to toe, we recommend cutting a piece of tape long enough to travel up past the heel and up the back of the leg on the Achilles tendon which can be seen in the image below.
Shin splints are similar to plantar fasciitis in the way that they are annoying injuries that are not simple to get rid of. The best suggestion for both of these injuries is rest. Similar to plantar fasciitis, when easing back into running, RockTape will help relieve the pressure placed on the muscles in the affected area. The taping application for shin splints is simple and can be seen in the following video: https://youtu.be/rcKmI1w56SE.
Knee injuries are very common among runners due to the amount of pressure that is put on them. Every time that we take a stop, the knee absorbs a large amount of the shock from striking the ground. The knee joint is a very complex joint so one RockTape application may not be the answer to all injuries, however the common application of RockTape can be beneficial for most injuries as it will help the knee with absorbing some of the pressure. The following video shows a general application of tape for the knee joint: https://youtu.be/bKJBeiqCZ-E.
A couple of important notes to conclude this blog; Do not conclude that your pain or injury is any one of those listed based on your own assumptions or by researching your symptoms online, seek a Phoenix sports therapy professional’s help. Also, RockTape is not a magical tape that will instantly heal all injuries so it is once again important to note that the most important part of fixing your injury is to contact a professional about your injury. RockTape may not heal your injury instantly but it will be beneficial for you in your recovery. RockTape is not limited to the injuries that have been listed in this blog, if you are dealing with other injuries please contact us with any questions that you may have.