Leg Pain Relief

Leg Pain Relief for Joggers

If you like to jog but don’t like the leg pains that you get afterwards, then you should consider taking some actions that will help you get leg pain relief.  The key to leg pain relief is in what you do before you start and just afterwards.  Many of the pains we experience from exercise are due to lack of proper preparation or over exertion.  Of course, we all get leg pains sometimes, but that does not mean that we need to live with it.  Leg pain does not need to be a permanent part of our lives.

Warning:  Before I go on to give you some tips on how to get leg pain relief, I should make the following disclaimer.  I mean the following suggestions only for those who get leg pains due to jogging or exercising.  They are not for those that get unexplained or persistent leg pain.  If you get pains in your legs whose cause you do not know, you should see your physician to get your condition checked out.  Leg pain can be an indicator of a serious underlying condition.

Warm-Up Properly

One of the main reasons joggers suffer from leg pains during and after jogging is that they do not properly warm up before they begin exercising.  You should be sure to go through the usual stretching procedures for a good ten to fifteen minutes before you jog.  If you are in the habit of just getting up and running out your front door in the early morning hours, it is time to break yourself of this habit and inaugurate a new habit.  Before you go out the door, do calf and leg stretches and get yourself fully warmed up before you hit the crisp morning air.

Hydrate Properly

In addition, be sure to keep yourself well watered, especially in the summer.  If you live in the desert or if you are running in the middle of the day, it is important to take water with you and to keep replenishing your liquids.  (You, of course, do not want to get all waterlogged before you go out for your run, since this can cause pain as well.)  Taking a few sips periodically during your jog is a good way of preventing cramping pains before and cramping afterwards as well.

Proper Running Sneakers

The proper equipment can also help keep a jogging experience pain free.  You should be sure to buy shoes made specifically for jogging.  These shoes will give your feet and legs the proper support, which helps to reduce many of the causes of leg pain.  Relief is often a matter of wearing the right socks as well.  Your socks should be thick enough to protect your feet.  If your feet get injured, it will change the motion of your run as you favor one foot, which can in turn lead to leg injuries.

Listen to your Body

Another key to avoiding pain is to listen to what your body is telling you.  If something doesn’t feel quite right on a particular day, then take it easy that day or call off your run.  If problems persistent, get them checked out with a doctor.  Many of our injuries and problems signal themselves by these slight discomforts and twitches that we feel during our runs. 

Give your Legs Support

Finally, if you know that you have a recurring pain problem with a particular leg, be sure to give that leg the proper support so that you do not exacerbate the injury.  Knee braces can help give your leg extra support so that it is less likely to bother you in the hours and days after your run.  Find one that works for you and wear it.

If you follow these tips, you are likely to avoid the worst of your pain.  Of course, we joggers are hardly ever pain free, but there is a difference, as you well know, between the kind of pain that debilitates you, and the great burn that only a jogger really knows.