Whether you are a regular runner, or you run once in a while, some common RUNNING INJURIES are inevitable. An injury will cause you to either stop running or cut back on how long and fast you run. Unfortunately, they come with the physical activity of running. Studies have shown that the majority of the people who run regularly get injured yearly and have to stop running for up to a week.
Here are some common RUNNING INJURIES to be aware of:
The Heel area (Plantar Fasciitis) –
This is the tissues at the bottom of your foot between the toes and heels. The symptoms are pain along the arch of the bottom part of the feet. This is a common injury in the heel area, and it is caused by calf muscles that are not flexible enough or overpronate feet.
The tendon that connects your heel to the calf (Achilles tendonitis) –
The symptom of this is a sharp pain in this area, especially close to the heel. It is caused by fatigue or tightness of the calf muscles. When the calf muscles are not stretched enough and are unable to bear the burden, the stress is passed on to the Achilles tendonitis.
The front of the lower leg (Shin Splints) –
Injury in this area is caused by weakness of the muscles and tendon in the inside front of the lower leg or wearing wrong shoes for running. A lot of people that are new to running experienced this at some point in the early stage of running.
Runner’s Toes also known as black toenails is experienced by almost everyone who runs. Sometimes this is caused by shoes that don’t fit right, and it results in the nails being pressed too hard in the nail bed. This is a cosmetic problem which can easily be treated.
Severe pain around shin bones indicates shin splints. The pain goes away when you are not running. Repetitive stress on the shinbone and the tissue that connects the muscles to the bone can cause this condition. Increase your mileage slowly to prevent this injury. Working out to increase the lower leg’s strength can also prevent shin splints.
The repeated strain upon the bone during running or jumping can cause small cracks in the bone or a stress fracture. It is most common in the shins, feet, or heels.
It is essential to have the proper shoes and workout routine to prevent stress fractures. Seasoned runners have a lower your risk of developing a stress fracture.
These running injuries are so common because they are not usually taken seriously. The muscles involved are what we commonly use for everyday routine; therefore, we don’t think we need to do any precautionary measure to avoid them. But the number one cause of any sprain, strain or pull is us forgetting how to warm up our muscles and ligaments properly. Before any speed training or sports performance testing , it is so essential that our muscles warmed up to receive the right amount of blood and oxygen.