Common Running Injuries

Running can also be a source of unending injuries if you don’t take care. No matter what exercise you are trying, you will benefit from a bit of knowledge first. Even walking can go wrong if you don’t know how to walk (pace your strides) overall and on different terrain. Running is just the same. Learn the best way to run and what equipment you need to own to be the best that you can be.

When you aren’t prepared, certain injuries can develop. They can result from overtraining, poor technique or poor equipment. Here are a few for you to evaluate.

* Shin splints – Ouch! These are painful and originate on the front of the lower leg. Your shin (tibia) experiences inflammation from sheering forces as the periosteum and bone are separated. It feels as if someone has kicked you in the front of your legs.

Running on rugged terrain or making sharp or awkward turns can lead to shin splints. Take the time to properly warm up and stretch before going for your run. Also, the proper footwear with adequate shock absorbers can limit the torque on your legs.

* Plantar fasciitis – This occurs on the bottom of your foot. There is a layer of fascia that runs from the heel to the front toes. Those with this painful condition feel it in their heels. Bone spurs on the heel can lead to pulling on this tissue and pain when running.

Here it comes down to proper footwear again. While you can’t determine who will or won’t have a heel spur, excess stretching of the fascia here can be stopped by a show that stabilized the foot so it doesn’t roll inward and the arch support is maintained.

* Achilles Tendonitis – You won’t die like the tragic Greek hero of the Trojan War if you are struck here, but the pain can be unbearable. This tendon is at the back of the heel. It joins the calf muscles with the heel bone. Not stretching this tendon can lead to tears if overused.

This tendon helps you to push off during your stride. Stretching it can lead to problems at the heel and in the middle between the muscle and the bone. Usually you will hear a ripping kind of sound. Keep the tendon strong but loose so it can move with you as you run and not remain stiff, inviting pain and injury.

Have you ever experienced any of these injuries while running? If you have, you will recover. It may take time. You now also know how to avoid further injury.