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6 Most common running injuries.

Updated: Jun 18, 2019

The joy of running is unlike anything else, the repeated movements involved can be hard on the body. Whether you’re running for pleasure or training for a race, you’re bound to have aches and twinges along the way. Injury prevention isn’t about the absence of pain; it’s about having the right reaction when that pain comes along.

How Sports Therapy Can Help Prevent Common Running Injuries:

A Sports Therapy appointment is a great way to get answers to the questions you have about your running pain:

- Is it safe to run through the pain?

- What are the signs it’s getting more serious?

- What exercises will help me keep running?

Your Sports Therapist can help you with information, advice, and treatment to keep you running, injury-free.

Here are the 6 Most Common Running Injuries:

1. Runners Knee

While it can affect other athletes, runners are the most commonly affected with this pain or tenderness in and/or around the kneecap.

If you’re having twinges on the outside or inside of the knee when you begin your run, but then seem fine throughout, only to flare up afterward or during prolonged sitting—this is a sign of runner knee.

Runners Knee

2. Achilles Tendonitis

Up to 20% of runners are affected by this injury, which appears when the Achilles tendon (connecting the two major calf muscles to the back of the heel) comes under too much stress.

The tendon tightens and gets irritated, leading to the pain in the back of the foot.

Achilles Tendonitis

3. Hamstring Issues

Your hamstrings make up the majority of the muscles in the back of the thighs, propelling you forward during your run; injuries involving this group can be an issue of flexibility or strength.

Hamstring strains are common and take a lot of time to heal—re-injuries often occur without the proper sports therapy treatment and if the re-introduction of training is rushed.

Hamstring pain

4. Plantar Fasciitis

Foot pain accounts for 15% of all running injuries, with plantar fasciitis at the top of that list.

This injury involves small tears and inflammation of the tendons and ligaments of the foot, resulting in pain that might feel like a dull ache or bruise along your arch or heel.

If you’re having foot pain when you first get out of bed, walking around after sitting or the first few strides of a run you may have plantar fasciitis.

Plantar Fasciitis

5. Shin Splints

Also known as medial tibial stress syndrome, this achy pain down your shins makes up about 15% of all running injuries.

It may seem small, but these are actually tears happening around your shinbone and can develop into something more serious.

Shin Splints

6. Iliotibial (IT) Band Syndrome

When the band that runs along the outside of your thigh—connecting hip to knee and shin—gets irritated, runners experience a pain down the outer area of the knee joint.

At 12% of all running injuries, it’s often mistaken for a knee injury.

IT Band Syndrome



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