Common running injuries

Running provides you with energy, shapes your physique, and allows you to meditate. Make it a habit to run every day since it benefits your health. Running has both physical and mental health advantages. Running can help you keep your knees healthy. Running strengthens your knee bones and makes them stronger.

Along with perfect physical health, running also ensures excellent mental and emotional health. Nothing is better than a quick sprint when you feel clogged in your head. But with all this comes a word of caution: always be careful when running; you may get injured seriously. 

common running injuries

There are some very common injuries you may face if you run regularly.

Runner’s knee is a general phrase for the discomfort you experience if you have one of the various knee disorders. A doctor may refer to it as patellofemoral pain syndrome. Running is a prominent cause of a runner’s knee, although any action that strains the knee joint repeatedly might result in the disease. Running, skiing, riding, jumping, cycling, and soccer are all examples. This issue is triggered after running due to overuse of the knee muscles.

common running injuries
  • Shin Splints 

Shin splints are the most common injuries that affect runners. However, the word refers to various distinct types of shin discomfort and is more of a description of pain that can have several different origins. This discomfort occurs along the shin bone in the front or inside of the lower leg (tibia). It is often known as medial tibial stress syndrome, prevalent when you change your workout too rapidly, such as jogging greater distances or increasing the number of days you run. Shin splints cause a persistent ache in the front of your leg along the tibia. Pain is typically felt during and after activity and while pressing on the affected region.

common running injuries
  • Stress Fracture 

Stress fractures are microscopic breaks in the bone. They are produced by repetitive force, frequently from overuse, such as leaping up and down repeatedly or sprinting great distances. Stress fractures also happen due to routine use of a bone that a disease like osteoporosis has weakened. Stress fractures are a prevalent injury among both competitive and leisure runners. This injury is more common in the lower extremities and can be caused by various extrinsic and intrinsic sources. Sometimes one may not fully recover from their previous fracture and may get another.

common running injuries
  • Achilles tendonitis

Achilles tendonitis is an overuse ailment of the Achilles tendon, which joins the calf muscles at the rear of your lower leg to your heel bone. Achilles tendinopathy is a frequent lower limb ailment that affects both athletes and non-athletes. It is the 2nd most suffered injury by runners. Achilles tendinitis pain usually begins as a minor aching in the back of the leg or above the heel after jogging or other athletic activities. More acute pain episodes may occur after extended running, stair climbing, or sprinting. Achilles tendinitis is caused by repeated or intense strain on the Achilles tendon, which links the calf muscles to the heel bone. This tendon is utilized during walking, running, jumping, or pushing up on your toes.

common running injuries
  • Plantar Fasciitis 

Plantar fasciitis is characterized by heel discomfort. It is a thick and weblike knitted ligament that links your heel to the front of your foot. It absorbs stress and supports the arch of your foot when walking. When walking, it supports the arch of the foot and absorbs damage. Plantar fasciitis typically causes excruciating pain when you take your first steps in the morning. Tension and stress can produce little tears in the fascia. Repeated use and stretching of the fascia can irritate or inflame it, yet the etiology of plantar fasciitis in many cases remains unknown.

common running injuries

How can you  prevent injuries while running?

These steps will further help you to prevent any serious injury from happening.

  • Warm up well before your run

  • Listen to your body 

  • wear the right kind of attire 

  • Avoid uneven and rocky terrain 

  • stay hydrated

Though running seems easy and uncomplicated, it engages many tiny muscles and tendons that make it risky if you perform it hastily.

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Written By

Kanak Tiwari

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