What Are the Most Common Running Injuries
Running is one of the most popular exercise’s and running injuries can affect anyone, from those experienced runners to the beginners whose muscles are not used to running and just learning the ropes.
Being injured can completely shut down your motivation, so what you need to be aware of is how to prevent any injuries that are common when running. Whatever your injury, it’s important to listen to your body. Don’t run if you’re in pain and only start running again when you’ve recovered sufficiently – there is pushing yourself and then there is pushing yourself when your bones and muscles are very sore and achey.
Most Common Running Injuries
1. Knee Pain
Knee pain is one of the most common, and also called runner’s knee. Runners knee can have many causes, such as swelling under the kneecap. Whilst running, you may develop pain at the front of the knee, around the knee or behind the kneecap and the pain may be dull or it could be sharp and severe.
In order to help the knee pain at home once the run is over, it is recommended that you should apply ice to the knee and continue stretching. You should never put ice directly on your skin – take a bags of frozen peas or other frozen produce and place within a tea towel and then place on the sore area.
Do not run if you have pain in your knee. If you still feel pain after a long period off, see your doctor.
2. Achilles Tendon Pain
The Achilles tendon is the tough tendon at the back of the ankle that links the muscle to the bone. Regular running can cause wear and tear to the tendon over time – and in some cases when over worked can cause this tendon to snap or tear. You may have pain and swelling at the back of the ankle or heel. The pain may be minor but continuous, or it could be sudden and sharp. It may be worse first thing in the morning.
To treat any Achilles pain at home we would also advice applying ice to the area. You can also gently massage the area with your fingers.
A sharp pain around the heel and on the achilles tendon will stop you running altogether. Even if the pain is not severe, it’s a good idea to rest until the pain goes.
3. Shin Splints
Shin pain and splints occurs on the front of the leg, below the knee. Runners are often aware of a dull pain in the shin but carry on running. However, this can cause increasing damage to the area, which can lead to a sudden sharp pain that stops you running altogether. If Shin pain occurs then it is likely to stop you running altogether. Take a break for two to three weeks before beginning again slowly, a doctor might prescribe pain killers due to the severity of the pain if needed.
4. Muscle strains
The most common strains due to running are in the hamstring, thigh muscles and calf muscles. These types of strains often affect new runners, whose muscles are not used to running. The pain of your muscle strain is often sudden and feels as if someone has hit you in the area of your calf or hamstring and can easily be treated at home. You should stop running immediately, apply ice and rest your legs for a day or two.