While running can be good for the heart and the body’s overall fitness, the repetitive stress of running on the feet and legs can increase your risk of injury over time. These potential hurts range from the mildly annoying to those requiring surgery. To take proper care of your body, make sure that you stretch properly, wear appropriate footwear, and listen to your body when it tells you to rest.
A few common running injuries include:
- Stress Fractures: Metatarsal Stress Fractures are common in runners and people increasing their activity or new to exercise.
- Shin Splints: Shin splint pain can be due to any pain in the bone below the knee to the ankle. Untreated, they can lead to Stress Fractures of the leg.
- Achilles Tendinitis: Achilles tendinitis is a painful condition of the tendon in the back of the ankle. Left untreated, Achilles tendinitis can lead to an increased risk of tendon rupture.
- Plantar Fasciitis: Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of pain in the heel, usually do to overuse or weak arches. Plantar fasciitis can cause pain when walking or running, and lead to the formation of a heel spur. It is usually worse first thing in the morning or again after rising from rest or a long car ride.
- Arch Pain: Arch pain, also sometimes called a strain, often causes inflammation and a burning sensation under the arch of the foot. Both flat-feet and high arch feet can strain the arch ligament.
- Pulled Hamstring: A pulled hamstring is an injury to the hamstring muscle. It causes mild to severe pain from the back of the thigh to the calf.
PREVENTION: Prepare your body ahead of time for exercise with proper stretching and supportive shoe-gear and orthotics. We can help teach you preventive measures and provide access to a Physical Therapist and trainer to keep your feet and legs healthy at any activity level.