Race Week Aches & Pains: Is it Still OK to Run?

June 9, 2015

Advice from Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Specialists of Green Bay:

With training winding down and the Bellin Run just days away, runners may be feeling some aches and pains.

“When you’re training for a large event, it’s fairly common to have occasional aches and pains,” said Dr. Tom Sullivan of Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Specialists of Green Bay. “What’s concerning is when they won’t go away. It’s important to know what’s normal, and what may signal a larger problem.”

Sullivan suggests runners watch out for:

Shin Splints: Shin splits are the irritation of the muscle and muscle attachments to the shin. On occasion, they can escalate to stress fractures.
Red Flag: Remember “Can’t hop; don’t run.” If you have trouble walking or hopping, it’s not safe to run.

Plantar Fasciitis: Plantar fasciitis is heel pain or pain in the heel pad or instep of the foot. This is commonly felt when waking up in the morning.
Red Flag: If pain persists throughout the day or continues while you’re running, consult a physician or call the Bellin Run injury hotline at (920) 430-4595.

Muscle Strain: Muscle strain is pain in the muscles, such as the hamstrings or quads. It is very common in runners.
Red Flag: Muscle pain should be evaluated if it is accompanied by swelling or bruising.

A good rule of thumb for runners is that if they have pain with normal daily activities, they should consult a physician and get the injury evaluated. This may prevent a small injury from escalating, and get you back to the road sooner.

Register now for the 2015 Bellin Run on Saturday, June 13. Visit bellinrun.com to sign up and for complete race information.

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