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Best Recovery Methods For Common Cycling injuries

Cycling is becoming an increasingly popular sport for children and adults. Unfortunately, some cyclists experience injuries. The most common cycling injuries are shown below, along with methods of recovery.

Blisters
Blisters occur when clothing rubs against the skin for extended periods of time. For cyclists, this usually happens due to poorly fitting shoes and socks, or the way they pedal the bike. However, they are easily treated and heal within a few days.

First you must decide whether or not to drain the blister. Ideally, blisters are best left alone to heal by themselves. But if you find walking painful, you should drain it. To do this, first take a clean sterilised needle and gently insert it into the side of the blister, as close to the skin as possible. Then allow the fluid inside the blister to drain. Do not remove the skin covering it, as this will open the wound up to infection. Apply antiseptic.

It is best to allow the blister to heal in the open air as this will allow it to dry out and speed up recovery. But if you must continue cycling, apply a clean plaster over the injury and replace as necessary.

You could try preventing blisters in problem areas of the foot by wearing Blister Plasters such as the Footmedics Self Adhesive Gel Pads. They help to reduce friction and provide cushioned relief where you need it.

Sprains and Strains
Cyclists can suffer from sprains and strains in lots of different places, including the ankles, knees, shoulders, hips or wrists. Within the first 48-72 hours, sprains should be kept elevated with ice applied for ten minutes every two hours, but remember that ice should never be applied directly to the skin, or whilst sleeping. Ideally, wrap crushed ice in a towel before holding it against the injury. A bandage wrapped snugly, but not so tight as to restrict blood flow helps to reduce swelling and allows mobility of the joint. You can use an elastic, crepe or tubular bandage.

Abrasions and Road Rash
This type of injury occurs during a fall. The first thing you should check for is deep cuts that might contain debris such as grit and dirt; these need to be cleaned by a medical professional. If most of the abrasions look shallow, you can clean them yourself using soap and warm water. Apply antiseptic and a clean dressing. It is advisable that this dressing is changed every few days to keep the wounds from becoming infected.

Arch Pain
Pain in the arch of the foot, or plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the tendon that connects the heel to the toes. If you suffer this after cycling the best advice is to go and see your local GP or Foot Health Practitioner who can prescribe anti-inflammatory medicine and orthotics for your shoes. This type of pain typically occurs in people who have high arches in the feet, therefore orthotics such as Equiflex Orthotics, are required to support the feet and help ease the pain. Stretching properly before exercise can also help prevent this kind of injury.

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