If you’ve been an avid runner all your life and suddenly find yourself having an indwelling catheter, you might ask yourself if you can still go for your daily jog. And the short answer to this is: Yes, you absolutely can! There are just a few things that you might have to be a little more cautious about now that you’re living the catheter life.
DON'T OVERDO IT
Especially in the beginning, when you’re still getting used to your indwelling catheter and everything that comes with it, it’s a good idea to take it slow and steady. You might find going for a run a bit difficult at the start, especially if you’re suffering from bladder spasms too. So, rather than running your usual half-marathon, try going for a brisk walk around the block or a super gentle jog. Try a few things and see what works best for you!
PROPER FIXATION IS EVERYTHING
Once you’re feeling more comfortable with your catheter and you feel ready to run again, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t or couldn’t do so. It’s just super important that you try to avoid any tugging as this can cause quite a bit of discomfort and can even lead to injuries. How do you avoid it? Easy, by using fixation devices to make sure everything is kept in place.
LEG BAG SLEEVE
Leg bag sleeves, like the Ugo Fix Sleeve, are designed to hold your leg bag in place – either on your calf or on your thigh. Whatever you prefer! And it doesn’t matter what type of catheter you have either; a leg bag sleeve is a great fixation device for suprapubic catheters, urethral catheters, and you can even use it if you’re wearing a urinary sheath.
But what’s so special about the Ugo Fix Sleeve? We have put a lot of thought into designing it to ensure it feels as comfortable as possible when being worn. It comes with graduated lines of elastane that will support your bag perfectly, even as it gets fuller. We have also decided to place the seam on the outside of our leg bag holder to prevent it from rubbing against the skin and wider and stronger bands at the top and bottom of the leg bag holder ensure that you’re not experiencing any rolling of the fabric.
LEG BAG STRAPS
If a leg bag sleeve isn’t quite what you’re looking for, you can always give some leg bag straps a try. They are another one of the many fixation devices out there that will ensure that your bag stays in place as it fills up. With these leg bag straps, you have the choice whether you want to position the bag on your thigh, just above your knee, or your shin. Whatever is most comfortable for you.
The Ugo Fix Leg Bag Straps come as a pair – one 75cm strap and one 45cm strap – and can be used with any size leg bag. Both straps are fully adjustable, and you can easily cut them to your individual size if you need to. A big plus: You can wash them and reuse them so you don’t have to use a new pair of straps every day.
You can use a catheter strap to either support your indwelling urinary catheter or the tubing of your leg bag – whatever you think needs more support. And it doesn’t matter whether you’re living with a urethral or suprapubic catheter either, as they can be worn with both.
The Ugo Fix Catheter Strap has been designed with your movement in mind so you can move freely when going for your daily run. It ensures that your catheter or leg bag tubing stay in place and that there’s no tugging or rubbing. You can wear the catheter strap either on your leg above your leg bag sleeve or on the abdomen if you’re living with a suprapubic catheter. The underside of the strap is made from silicone so that it stays securely on the skin and a rubber tab keeps the tubing in place away from the skin.
If you want to secure your indwelling urinary catheter in place, you can use a catheter clip. This is a device that will help you to position your catheter in a way that’s most comfortable for you. The Ugo Fix Gentle Catheter Clip can be attached to your skin without any prior preparation and is super easy to apply and remove. And the big plus? It doesn’t even leave any residue on your skin! This means, you can use the Ugo Fix Gentle on the same area again and again without your skin getting irritated. It comes with a revolving clip that holds your catheter at the bifurcation which will allow it to move with the natural movements of your body and can be worn on the abdomen or leg, depending on whether you’re living with a urethral or suprapubic catheter. Securing your catheter in place with the Ugo Fix Gentle will reduce any tugging and reduces the risk of any damage or discomfort to your bladder and urethra.
HOW ABOUT A CATHETER VALVE?
If your catheter doesn’t have to drain permanently and your bladder has a certain capacity, you might be able to use a catheter valve instead of a leg bag for your daily run. As the name suggests, it’s a little valve that gets attached to the end of your catheter. This will cause your bladder to fill up rather than urine draining into a bag. However, catheter valves aren’t suitable for everybody so it’s important that you talk to your district nurse or doctor before attempting to use one.