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Periostitis, prevention is better than cure

Periostitis, prevention is better than cure

You have probably heard that running has health benefits that extend well beyond any pill a doctor could prescribe. Studies have shown that running can help prevent obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, some cancers, and a host of other unpleasant conditions.

However, running is also a sport that implies certain risks in case is not duly practiced. As in many other sports, there are certain unpredictable injuries that you might suffer while you run. Nevertheless, there are some injuries that you can try to prevent like, for instance, periostitis.  Have you never heard about it?

Periostitis is a condition that results in inflammation of the band of tissue that surrounds bones known as the periosteum. This condition is usually caused by excessive training and typically affects people who repetitively jump, run, or lift heavy weights. Periostitis normally appears on the front side of the shinbone, causing shooting pains as you put your feet on the ground when you run. This might make you change your way of running, affecting your performance.

At its first stage, you might cure this injury with some rest and ice which shall be combined with anti-inflammatories, if your doctor prescribes so. If home remedies don’t work, you may have a more serious underlying injury that requires physical therapy. You may need a steroid injection to reduce inflammation in your knee or other joint. In general, though, resting the affected area should ease symptoms. This injury shall be seriously taken into account as far as, if you do not duly treat it, you might even have problems for walk properly.

Prevention is better than cure

In order to prevent periostitis you shall check if your running technique is appropriated. With this regard, you should visit a specialized center for a gait analysis. Once the analysis is completed, you will be told whether your gait needs any corrections or not and, if needed, you will be recommended to get personalized insoles.

Besides, there are some basic advices that shall be followed:

  • You shall avoid hard trainers.
  • You shall use trainers with shock absorber according to your weight.
  • Periodically check your gait in order to confirm the evolution and the improvement after the initial analysis.

This simple recommendations might help you to prevent periostitis but, in any case, do not hesitate to contact our specialists in Sport Traumatology before this injury becomes chronical!

MD Team