How to Tell if You Should Run Through Pain

Your muscles are likely going to feel sore after a long run. However, pain in a particular spot could be a sign that something is wrong and may signal that you need to slow down or stop.

On a scale of 1 to 10, here is how you can tell if you should run through pain.

Mild Pain

On a scale of 10, mild pain ranges from 1 to 3. It occurs when you begin exercising but typically goes away as you warm up and continue running.

This pain is common and considered safe to run through. After your run, apply the RICE method to the area of concern.

  • Rest: Avoid using the injured area. This helps prevent further injury and allows the body to recover.
  • Ice: Apply an ice pack, as the cold numbs the affected area and reduces pain.
  • Compression: Wrap the area with an elastic bandage. This pressure keeps swelling under control.
  • Elevation: Keep the area raised above the heart to reduce swelling and the associated pain.

Moderate Pain

Moderate pain ranges from 4 to 6. This pain appears at the beginning and stays at a tolerable intensity throughout your run.

While finishing your run is ok, it’s best to listen to your body. On the one hand, you may decide to finish a race you trained for; on the other, if it’s a normal training session, you may want to stop to prevent the pain from worsening.

Afterward, don’t run for a few days and apply the RICE method.

Severe Pain

On the pain scale, severe pain ranges from 7 to 10. It’s so severe that it’s felt before, during, and after exercise. Do not continue running, as the pain will increase. Limping is a signal to stop running.

See a Podiatrist at The Foot & Ankle Center

See a trusted podiatrist when you experience foot pain. After all, as someone who runs, you know how important it is to keep your feet healthy.

At The Foot & Ankle Center, we offer the most advanced non-surgical options for healing painful podiatric issues. Our treatments are safe and effective and provide fast relief.

Request an appointment today to help you recover and hit the ground running!