There is an unfortunately high number of runners who will suffer from running-related joint pain at some time in their running lives.

Estimates for the injury frequency vary, as does the nature of the injury site and type. Despite this, research into recreational runners has shown that around 47% of individuals will suffer running-related joint pain at some point every year [1].

The problem with running injuries is that they are so varied in nature, with foot, ankle, knee and hip complaints being the most frequent. To a lesser extent (but still common enough to be recorded) are lower back and neck complaints [2].

In this article we’re going to look at how we can ease joint pain in runners, providing practical solutions to the issue and helping affected people avoid more serious medical interventions later down the line.


Time to read: 3 minutes

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Key Points:

  • Correct footwear
  • Appropriate training loads
  • Improvement of the running technique
  • KYMIRA® clothing for easing joint pain

Unfortunately, many runners suffer from running-related joint pain at some point in their running lives. In this article we’re going to look at how this joint pain can be eased and prevented.



Removing causal factors for joint pain in runners

When we say ‘joint pain’ we’re talking in non-specifics. It’s important that if you have a joint issue, you get it looked at and diagnosed by a suitably qualified medical professional.

Assuming that your injury isn’t a serious one and is caused by overuse, then we can start to remove causal factors. All the treatment in the world isn’t going to help if the cause isn’t addressed in the first place – getting ahead of the problem is a big part of the solution.

With that in mind, here’s a few simple tips to prevent joint pain in runners…

Wear correct footwear

Studies into running footwear has clearly linked a reduction in injury risk to the correct shoes [3]. We’re all so individual that there’s no blanket advice for what training shoes are best – it depends on your biomechanics, your gait and your stride pattern. The way to determine the best running footwear for you is to have a professional analysis done.

Manage training load

One of the fundamental factors that can influence joint pain is how well you are managing your training load. It’s a double-edged sword though – too little running doesn’t offer much protection to the tissues because they never adapt. Research suggests the injury risk comes from increases in the volume rather than the intensity [4].

Improve running technique

Solid research exists that links running technique with injury risk. Researchers found that increased stride rate resulted in decreased centre of mass, vertical excursion, ground reaction force, shock attenuation, and energy absorbed at the hip, knee, and ankle joints. An increased stride rate (reduced stride length) appears to reduce the magnitude of several key biomechanical factors associated with running injuries [5].

Infrared clothing can help the issue

There are numerous studies showing the role infrared clothing can have on reducing the underpinnings of knee pain. The infrared fabric used to make KYMIRA® clothing has been shown to increase Nitric Oxide production, which is a powerful vasodilator. This means it increases blood flow, therefore improves tissue elasticity and mobility.

The other benefit of nitric oxide is that it activates a chemical called Cyclic Guanosine Monophosphate (CGMP). This is the chemical activated when we take an opiate painkiller so will have a mild analgesic affect. Simply wearing the fabric will help to ease the discomfort of inflammation.

Research shows that the infrared clothing reduces feeling of pain, DOMS and is effective at decreasing production of free radicals and inflammatory mediators, easing pain in athletes [6].

Convenience of using KYMIRA® to help ease joint pain

Wearing infrared clothing is the epitome of passive therapy. All you have to do is wear the clothing, then the infrared technology embedded in the fabric gets to work. Within 1-2 minutes blood flow is increased and there are physiological changes that you’ll experience.

The other benefit is it’s a non-medical solution, so you don’t have to rely on painkillers or other substances that may not agree with you. Furthermore, they tend to be short lived. Painkillers and anti-inflammatories need to be taken frequently to maintain their effectiveness, whereas the KYMIRA® clothing can be worn as long as you like, allowing you to benefit from the impact for as long as you keep the clothing on.

There are a wide range of garments in the KYMIRA® range, allowing you to cover any joint you are suffering with. By following the advice in this article and wearing KYMIRA® clothing during and after your runs, you’ll help to make your running-induced joint pain a thing of the past.

 

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January 19, 2022 — Steve Hoyles

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