While jogging might give you a runner’s high, pounding the pavement can also leave you with a few niggles and nasties to manage. Here are some must-haves to help you across the finish line.
- Blister care Hotspots (that feeling of heat accompanied by reddening skin that precedes a blister) and blisters can spring up when your feet get hot and sweaty causing your socks to stick to your feet and rub against the inside of your shoe. Correctly fitted running shoes and good quality sport socks that draw moisture away from your skin will help reduce the risk of blisters. If you do develop blisters, make sure you protect them with a plaster before you hit the road so that they don’t get any worse. Purpose-made blister plasters, like Scholl Blister Shield Plasters, are a good investment because they are designed to protect blisters from rubbing and friction. Always read the label. Use only as directed. If symptoms persist, see your healthcare professional.
- Sprain and strain relief When training for a footrace or running regularly, strains and sprains are a common hazard. To treat, you’ll need to rest, ice (once every 20 minutes every two hours) and elevate the affected area, and apply a compression bandage. A topical anti-inflammatory like Nurofen Gel applied directly to the point of pain will help provide temporary relief from pain and reduce inflammation.. Severe strains and sprains should be seen by a GP.
- Heel care Even with the latest running shoe technology, your heels can cop a hiding when jogging. For extra support and comfort, consider investing in cushioning inserts that act as shock absorbers for your heel. They can be made from foam, or from gel, like Scholl Gel Heel Cups. Place the cups on top of your existing insole and change them every six months or so at the first signs of wear.
- Anti-fungal treatments The foot fungus known commonly as Athlete’s Foot thrives in warm, moist conditions and usually starts between the toes before spreading. Keeping an anti-fungal spray on hand to beat it before it takes hold is best. A fast-acting product like Scholl Tinea Liquid Spray should relive the burning, itching, painful sensations of Athlete’s Foot within 24 hours. If symptoms do persist, see your doctor. Always read the label. Use only as directed. If symptoms persist, see your healthcare professional.
- Hydration If you are training for a long distance race such as a half or full marathon, you might need to think about replenishing your body’s electrolytes and carbohydrates burned during a long run. Depleted stores can leave you cramping and calling for help, plus delay your recovery time before your next run. For most joggers, a balanced diet, plenty of water and a guzzle of a sports drink containing sodium will be enough to keep you training strong.
- Toe nail clippers Aesthetics aside, joggers need to keep their toenails in check. If you go for a long run with an overgrown toenail, you could end up with black toenail, a painful condition where repeated trauma from running causes blood to collect under the nail.
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Nurofen Gel is gently rubbed into the skin for the temporary relief of pain and inflammation associated with acute soft tissue injuries including sprains, strains and sports injuries. Always read the label. Use only as directed. Incorrect use could be harmful. If symptoms persist, see your healthcare professional.
Scholl Blister Shield Plasters
Scholl Blister Shield Plasters are an advanced blister protection plaster utilising a revolutionary dual layer Hydra-Guard™ Technology. The hard outer shield protects and guards the formed blister from friction and rubbing. The soft gel island provides cushioning and may assist healing by keeping the blister hydrated and flexible. Always read the label. Use only as directed. If symptoms persist, see your healthcare professional.
Scholl Gel Heel Cups
Scholl Gel Heel Cups combine innovative soft gel technology with an advanced product design. Designed to help relieve heel discomfort, Scholl Gel Heel Cups also cradle the heel to provide cushioning and support. Always read the label. Use only as directed. If symptoms persist, see your healthcare professional.
Scholl Tinea Liquid Spray
Aids in the drying of moist areas and relieves the burning, itching, stinging and soreness of athlete's foot within 24 hours. Always read the label. Use only as directed. If symptoms persist, see your healthcare professional.