Common Running Injuries

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Let's be honest, no matter how fit we are, every one of us has jogged unsuspectingly into the world of run-induced pain at least once.

Running is a sport of passion.  Why else would we torture our bodies with miles of punishment every day?  Running injuries are an unfortunate but all too common occurrence.  Understanding a running injury is the key to effective treatment.  Here you will find a list of the most common injuries and advice on types of treatment.  Of course, if an injury persists or becomes worse you should always see your GP or Physiotherapist.

Achilles Tendonitis

Pain and tightness felt in the lower calf muscles, which may be more prevalent in the morning.

Contributing Factors: Constant hill running, shoes with soft heel counters, shifting from high heel shoes to running shoes.

First Aid: Ice massage, calf stretches, relative rest, modifying activities to pain tolerance.  Heel pads as needed.

Bunions

Pain felt around the big toe in conjunction with a noticeable lump.  The big toe may project towards the other toes at an abnormal angle.

Contributing Factors: Hereditary predisposition, wearing shoes that are too tight across the ball of the foot.

First Aid: Wear a shoe with a wider toe box. If area becomes red and warm, consult a your GP or Physiotherapist.

Illiotibial Band Syndrome (ITB)

Pain felt on the outside of the knee or upper leg, often associated with track running or roads with a pronounced camber.

Contributing Factors: Weak pelvic and buttock muscles, decreased foot arch, inflexibility.

First Aid: Ice massage, specific ITB stretching, varying walking and running routes.

Plantar Fasciitis

Pain felt along the bottom of the foot that may extend from the heel to the arch.  Pain is often worse during the first few steps in the morning and towards the end of the day.

Contributing Factors: Prolonged standing, being overweight, leg length discrepancy, unsupportive shoes, calf and achilles tightness.

First Aid: Arch supports, night splints and consistent stretching.  Early recognition and treatment is key.

Shin Splints

Pain near and around the tibia (shin bone) that often occurs when increasing mileage or beginning a training program.  Failure to address this condition can lead to stress fractures.

Contributing Factors: Exercising too much, too soon, too fast.  Calf and achilles tightness, unsupportive and worn out shoes.

First Aid: Ice massage, stretching, supporting shoes and softer surface runs (grass, trails)

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  • Marie Law