Running is a very common sport, especially for those of us who do not have the time to pursue other sports seriously. Early morning runs are the best, where you experience calm and quiet around you.
For those of us who run on a daily basis, it is essential that we wear proper running shoes and do not overdo anything as it may lead to a foot injury. If the injury is left to itself then later on a serious problem may occur.
Most running injuries take place when you’re pushing yourself to the limit. It leads to strains and a million other things for which you may require a visit to an orthopaedic clinic. Let’s take a look at a few common problems.
- Runner’s Knee: this takes place when you overuse your knee. It has a lot of causes; the most common reason is that the kneecap is out of alignment. The cartilage can often wear down due to use, and you’ll face problems in going up and down stairs, or sitting down for a long time.
- Stress Fracture: a stress fracture takes place when there is a crack in the bone of the shin or the feet. It is a common injury with runners and takes place when the body is overworked. Rest is required, otherwise the pain worsens.
- Shin Splint: A shin splint takes place in front of the lower leg or along the sides, on the shin. Again, this is a result of changing routine and pushing the body too hard. Those who have flat feet are more prone to shin splints. As a treatment, rest is recommended and a gradual acclimatization to normal routine is preferred.
- Achilles Tendinitis: inflammation of the Achilles tendon is the root of this problem. It is infamous for causing a lot of pain as well as stiffness in the tendon, most noticeable in the morning when you do certain activities. Repetitive stress to the tendon should be avoided. With proper rest and icing the area, things should get back to normal.
- Muscle pull: this happens when the muscle is stretched beyond its range, and a tear develops. To overcome this issue, proper rest, icing, compression as well as elevation of the problem area are recommended.
- Ankle Sprain: this happens when the foot twists or rolls inwards, and can take place if you do not watch the path for indentations during running. The ligaments surrounding the ankle are stretched or torn, and these strains normally get better with time and rest, along with ice packs.
- Plantar fasciitis: the plantar fascia is the thick band of tissue that stretches from toe to the back of the heel. Inflammation of this tissue causes this condition. Treatment includes stretching the calf, icing the problem area as well as rest.
- Blisters: this is a common problem usually caused by ill fitting shoes that cause friction. One should change running shoes immediately and apply petroleum jelly on blisters.
These are but just a few of the injuries you may face, there are hosts of others, but these are the most common and frequent.