facebook_pixel

Uncategorized

What is a sciatica injury and how to treat it

2018-02-08

Sciatica pain can really slow you down, or even stop you from running altogether. The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in the body. If you’ve injured or pinched your sciatic nerve, you may notice pain, numbness or tingling in your legs. There are other indications of sciatica and there are ways to treat it, too. 

 

Sciatica symptoms 

 

These symptoms can be brief or last for weeks, depending on how the sciatic nerve has been injured. Check if you have any of the following: 

 

  • A sharp pain that makes it painful to sit, stand or walk 
  • Constant pain in the back of one leg, or one buttock 
  • Pain that gets worse while you’re sitting down 
  • Pain that seems to travel in a line from your hip to your toes. 

 

Sciatica causes 

 

The most common causes of sciatica are muscle strain, lumbar spinal stenosis, lumbar herniated disc, sacroiliac joint dysfunction and degenerative disc disease. These are primarily located in the back or spine. Please consult a medical professional to determine the specific site of the injury or source of pain. 

 

Sciatica treatments 

 

The treatment you seek will vary depending on the cause of your sciatica. There are some general suggestions that may help relieve pain and discomfort. 

 

  • Non-weight bearing exercise can help as the muscles can be used gently without straining the sciatic nerve. Instead of running, try walking, swimming or a rowing machine. 
  • Osteopathy may be able to help reduce inflammation or swelling that can affect the sciatic nerve. This may involve prescribed stretches or massages. 
  • Alternating heat and ice treatments for 10 minutes each may help if the sciatica pain is caused by an acute injury. 
  • Stretching should focus on the areas that align with the sciatic nerve. Stretch your hamstrings, lower back and buttock muscles regularly to help reduce the risk of injury. 
  • Massage, like stretching can help reduce tension in muscles that impact the sciatic nerve. Seek out a trained remedial masseuse or physiotherapist for accurate help. 

 

About Enertor Advanced Technology Insoles –  Enertor insoles are designed to prevent a number of common running injuries and provide more comfort. Designed by leading podiatrists to reduce your risk of injury,  the unique design features support your foot throughout training.  Enertor insoles are enhanced by D3O impact protection technology, which means they can provide more shock absorption than any other insole.  Our expertise, combined with the patented D3O shock absorption technology, enables Enertor to deliver the most advanced injury prevention insoles on the market today.

Enertor insoles are available to buy from our online shop

Whilst Enertor has over 18 years Orthotics experience, our blog content is provided for informational purposes only and it is not a substitute for your own doctor’s medical advice. Enertor advises anyone with an injury to seek their own medical advice – and do not make any health or medical related decisions based solely on information found on this site.

What people are saying about Enertor insoles?

  • Rebecca

    Helped me run longer..yay!
    I have been dealing with some weird hip/knee pain running for the past year or so. I was limited to getting in maybe 3 or 4 miles before serious pain set in so I thought I would give these a shot because I have tried just about everything else short of the doctor. I have upped my milage to 9 1/2 miles (so far) with less pain than I have had in months so that was super exciting. It feels like they helped take some impact off of my knee and helped stabilize my hip. The pain isn’t gone but these definitely made a difference in my comfort so that is a step in the right direction. Big thumbs up for these insoles!

    More
  • Israel N.

    WOW
    Have been using them for over a month now and what can I say other than what a great product. No more pain.

    More
  • J. D.

    10 years and a new start
    It’s been a long holiday from exercise and a tough, if determined return. Adding Enetor insoles into the mix 3-weeks in has actually made a pleasurable difference, just when I’d begun to wonder if the effort was worth it. Def. a base part of my new kit.

    More
  • Brittany Ashby

    The Best Insoles I’ve Ever Purchased
    The ENERTOR™ insoles were so comfortable while running. I would recommend these insoles to ANYONE who wants more support and have better performance!

    More
  • redgreg

    Great comfort and support
    Put these in my basketball boots for training and found them to provide excellent additional support for a weakened ankle and cushioning on impact throughout training. Only downside I tried to put them in a pair of trainers for working on the gym and they were to wide to fit in those trainers, wasn’t a major issue for me as I got them for basketball but something to consider when buying.

    More
  • Simon B.

    Stable support and shock absorption
    I used Enertor insoles as a replacement in my football boots following an impact ankle injury, and have seen an improvement in post activity pain. They provide firm support and comfort, and fit very well. I would definitely recommend these having tried them.

    More
  • Nathan C.

    Insoles put pep in your step.
    I have never run with any type of insert in my shoes, but that being said I did feel like these made a difference. The pair of shoes I used them in had quite a few miles on them, but I can safely say that the inserts made the shoes feel springier, peppier, and overall “newer” feeling. They still feel this way after several weeks of use and I’m looking forward to being able to try them out on a timed run. Overall, with my limited experience I would still recommend them to someone who is looking to experiment with adding an insert into their existing running shoes.

    More
  • Zac T.

    My back no longer hurts
    Last year I suffered a herniated disk in my lower back, causing extreme nerve pain all the way down my left leg. I just got back into running this spring, and started with the insoles around the same time, and the pain has almost completely subsided. I can run further without pain than I’ve been able to since the injury. Definitely recommend these for comfort and support.

    More
  • David M.

    Excellent
    These insoles are excellent. I am able to run longer without any discomfort.

    More
  • Mere R.

    Just what I needed!!!
    I started the year with terrible IT Band pain in my right leg. It was so bad that walking & even sitting became uncomfortable. I decided to try Enertor Insoles & noticed with the use of them the pain going away. I was back to running & even better – I was finally pain-free! These insoles are just what I needed! I am so thankful for Enertor!!!

    More
Shop now