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                  5 Common Running Injuries


It is the time of year when everyone is beginning to adhere to those new year resolutions. 38% of people choose to exercise more as part of their resolutions.

In this article we will discuss the five most common running injuries.

Patellofemoral pain syndrome

This is also known as Runners knee. It involves irritation of the cartilage on the underside of the knee cap (patella). This irritation can be caused by a number of things such as hip and muscle weakness, altered biomechanics and/or tight musculature. It presents as pain at the front of the knee around the kneecap and is worse on activities such as descending stairs, squats and running.

Achilles Tendinopathy

Another common running injury. It is a soft tissue disorder that affects the Achilles tendon, which attaches your calf muscles to your heel bone. Repetitive loading of the tendon beyond its capacity leads to microtrauma and as a result pain, localised swelling, weakness of the muscle and stiffness which is worse in the morning. Pain is normally worse at the start of activity, eases during activity and then is worse the evening or morning after.

Plantar Fasciopathy

Affects the fascia located on the sole of the foot. Recent research has shown that this condition presents very similarly to tendinopathy (as discussed in the last paragraph) and therefore should be treated with gradual loading exercises. Plantar fasciopathy normally presents with intense heel pain which is worse first thing in the morning and also worsens with standing and walking/running.

Shin Splints

This is the more common name for exercise induced leg pain. It mainly occurs when mileage increases and more often than not when this is done in a rush too. Medial tibial stress syndrome, occurs when the muscle that inserts to the inside of the shin bone begins to pull or stretch due to increased load being placed on the area.  The surface of the bone is covered by a sheath called the periosteum. This layer has a rich blood and nerve supply and so is very capable of producing pain. This sheath becomes inflamed and irritated and is more likely the source of the pain.

Stress fractures

can also be a source of pain for runners. This occurs when there is excessive load is placed on the bone, of which it cannot withstand and then leads to a tiny crack in the bone. Symptoms include a very specific point of pain along the shin bone, which is worse on impact and can continue after exercise and at rest. Stress fractures in the running population are most common along the shin bone and also on the inside area of your forefoot.

These are only a handful of common running injuries, if you feel you would benefit from a professional opinion and some help with returning to full function, please do not hesitate to book an appointment with us at 02085427788.!topicsummary