While running can be good for the overall fitness of the heart and body, the repetitive stress of running can increase your risk of injury over time. These potential injuries 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:
- Pulled Hamstring: A pulled hamstring is an injury to the hamstring muscle. It causes mild to severe pain in the area.
- Hip Stress Fractures: Stress fractures of the hip are most common in long distance runners, where there is a constant repetitive motion in the hip.
- Shin Splints: Shin splint pain can be due to is generally associated with any pain in the bone between the knee and ankle.
- Achilles Tendonitis: Achilles tendonitis is a painful condition of the tendon in the back of the ankle. Left untreated, Achilles tendonitis can lead to an increased risk of Achilles tendon rupture.
- Plantar Fasciitis: Plantar fasciitis is a pain in the heel caused by inflammation of the thick ligament of the base of the foot. Plantar fasciitis can cause pain when walking or running, and can alter the gait leading to pain in other parts of the body.
- Arch Pain: Arch pain, also sometimes called a strain, often causes inflammation and a burning sensation under the arch of the foot.
A key to avoiding many of these injuries is properly preparing your body ahead of time for the impending exertion. Whether you’re a long-time runner or just starting out, always see a podiatrist before beginning a new running regimen. We can help teach you preventive measures to keep your feet and legs healthy at any activity level.