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First Aid and Safety Tips for Walkers

Prevent and treat common walking injuries. Apply first aid when you get hurt walking including sprains, strains, and bruises.
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How to Treat a Walking Injury
Use these steps to treat a sprained ankle, strains or bruises.

R.I.C.E - Treating an Acute Sprain or Strain
Proper care in the first day or two after injury can reduce the time you're sidelined by it. Should you suffer a sprain, strain, pull, tear or other muscle or joint injury, treat it with R.I.C.E. -- Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation.

10 Bits of Bad Walking Advice That Could Send You to the Hospital
Common knowledge may be dangerously wrong when it comes to training for long distance walks, such as a half marathon or marathon. Here are 10 bits of advice that might apply to other sports, but you should run the other way when it comes to walking.

Hazards, First Aid and Recovery for Long Distance Walking
What you might encounter for hazards and injuries on long walks and how to deal with them.

Sprains and Strains
A strain is an injury to either a muscle or a tendon. Depending on the severity of the injury, a strain may be a simple overstretch of the muscle or tendon, or it can result in a partial or complete tear.

Pay Attention to Pain and Soreness
Listen to your body with muscle soreness, pain, cramps, or injury.

Abrasions and 'Road Rash'
Abrasions are very common sports injuries that typically result from a fall on a hard surface. Find out what to do and what NOT to do.

Anti-Inflammatory Treatment of Sports Injuries
Treatment of both acute and chronic soft tissue injuries with anti-inflammatory medication is a popular choice of athletes and healthcare professionals. From the About Guide to Sports Medicine.

Black Toenail Photos
What does a black toenail look like, and what will it look like when you lose the toenail. Here are graphic photos.

How to Treat a Bruise
First aid for bruises.

Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness
No pain, no gain? Nope, it means you did too much too fast. How to prevent it and what to do when you do too much. From your About Guide to Sports Medicine

Six Sports Injury Warning Signs
Is it bad? Our Sport Medicine Guide tells you how to tell if your injury is serious, and what to do next.

Sprain Definition - Walking Glossary
Sprains are a very common walking injury. Here is a simple definition.

Stinging Insects
The insects most likely to cause strong allergic reactions are wasps, honey bees, hornets, yellow jackets, and ants.

My Worst Walking Injury - Road Rash Story
Walkers share their war stories of walking injuries, road rash, and accidents that happened while walking, hiking, or even during a treadmill workout. What lessons did they learn? See submissions

What a Walker Can Do - Reacting to Disaster
How walkers can prepare for and react to a disaster.

Being Prepared
Disasters happen. Here is how walkers can be more prepared.

Care and Feeding of Racewalking Injuries
Dave McGovern describes how to recover and get back on track after an injury - or (better yet) how to prevent injuries.

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