Common Runners Injuries
Indeed, running is an excellent way to stay in shape, but unfortunately, injuries aren't uncommon. It's estimated that more than 80 percent of injuries that are associated with running are the result of repetitive stress; however, unexpected injuries, such as torn ligaments and sprained ankles, can happen, too. Let's take a look at some of the most common injuries that runners are prone to.
Formally known as "patellofemoral syndrome," runner's knee describes pain in the front of the knee or around the kneecap. It occurs as a result of overusing the knees, constantly straightening and bending them. The pain associated with it can be dull or extreme; it can also worsen over time with continued running and increase while climbing up a flight of stairs, jumping, or squatting. It can also cause popping or cracking sounds after sitting for a prolonged period.
Tibial stress syndrome, or shin splints, describes pain that develops in the front portion of the inner and lower legs, right down your shinbones. This injury can happen when your running volume increases too rapidly, particularly if you're running on a hard surface. Typically, shin splints aren't severe and, with rest, will resolve on their own; but, if they aren't treated properly, stress fractures can occur. Shin splints cause pain in the front or inner portion of your shinbones that worsens when you exercise. The shins can also feel tender to the touch, and mild swelling may even occur.
This common foot injury occurs when the fascia, the thick layer of tissue that runs along the foot's bottom, becomes irritated or degenerated. The fascia acts like a spring when you're running or walking, and if you boost your running volume too rapidly, the muscle can become stressed. Tightness and weakness in the calves can also lead to plantar fasciitis. This runner's injury symptoms include pain under the midfoot or the heel that gradually develops and can feel like a burning sensation along the bottom of the foot. Typically, the pain is worse in the morning and after prolonged activity.
An ankle sprain occurs when the ligaments between the leg and ankle are overstretched. Sprains can happen when you land on your foot's exterior portion, which causes you to roll your ankle over. A sprained ankle's severity can range from mild to critical. Symptoms can include swelling, discoloration, pain, bruising, and reduced mobility and range of motion. With rest, elevation, ice, and physical therapy, most ankle sprains will improve; however, physical therapy may also be necessary in severe cases, and it can take weeks or months to heal fully. If repeat ankle sprains occur, you could sustain more severe ligament damage.
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