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A Detailed Analysis of Three of The Most Common Foot Problems from Running

For any mindful runner, taking all the necessary precautions to ensure that he or she does not get is usually a top priority, but we all can agree that no one is immune to injuries. Regardless as to whether you have the correct running gear, Foot Problems from Running are very common and we can never truly avoid them. As a runner it is very important to understand some of the most common foot problems from running so that you can address them as soon as they start. Addressing these problems during the initial stages will in turn reduce their likelihood of appearing later on. All in all, after presenting the most common running injuries in my last post, here are some of the most common Foot Problems from Running that every runner must know about.

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis is one of the vexatious injuries that has continued to plague the running world years after years. The most common symptom of the Plantar Fasciitis is a very sharp and excruciating sensation, at the heel’s base, and can be anywhere from painful to annoying. The feeling that usually comes with this condition has been compared by many athletes as the one that one experiences when he or she steps on a nail, heel first. As time goes by the pain will disappear momentarily, only to reappear later on. Plantar Fasciitis is usually caused by overtraining and the use of improper or worn out training gear. All in all, this condition is mostly prevalent in athletes who have weakened or tight feet muscles. I wrote up a post about the best running shoes for plantar fasciitis for women here.

Achilles Tendinitis

Achilles Tendinitis is an inflammation of the Achilles tendons. Since the legs are further way from the heart, the healing process of foot injuries such as the Achilles Tendinitis usually takes a little bit longer. Like the Plantar Fasciitis, the Achilles Tendinitis usually manifests itself as an excruciating pain at the rear end of the lower leg at the Achilles tendons. Runners who suffer from this condition often complain of a swelling and pain right above the heel. Many at times this pain is not only sharp but can also be incapacitating. All in all, tight calves are the main causes of this condition since tight legs tend to strain the Achilles tendons. Apart from tight claves, another cause of this condition is the use of unsupportive footwear which tends to put excessive pressure on the Achilles tendons.

Runner’s Knee

The main symptom of the runner’s knee is a piercing pain that is located right below the knee cap. Runner’s knee is mainly caused by uneven running surfaces, poor selection of running gears and unaddressed biochemical flaws. In many cases this condition is usually traced back to the incapability of some of the tissues that surround the runner’s knee to recuperate between runs. If you are experiencing the Runner’s knee it is highly advisable that you desist from running until the issue has been addressed by a qualified physician.

 

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5 Most Common Running Injuries And How To Avoid Them

Truth be told, running can in a myriad of ways be life changing. Running can be an almost-instant stress buster, a chance to impress yourself or even a proven way to bring down the level of calories in your system. However, running also comes with its own share of issues; according to a recent research, half of all the runners will get injured. Sadly, although a number of running injuries can be avoided, they are inevitable. To keep you on the loop, here are the most common running injuries and how to avoid.

Muscle Pull

Also known as muscle strain, this is possibly one of the most common running injuries. It is a small tear in your muscle often caused by over stretching a muscle. Many at times, when you pull your muscle, you may feel a popping or instant sensation when the muscle tears. To prevent this kind of injury; make sure you do proper and adequate warm –up as well as, dynamic stretching pre-work. Read more about muscle strains here.

Stress fracture

Normally affecting runners in the shin and feet, stress fracture is basically a small crack on the bone. It can really get painful and cause a lot of discomforts with activity; however, it tends to improve with rest. It normally happens when you work too hard before your body actually gets used to a new activity. Enough rest is highly recommended as continued stress on the bone can lead to more and serious injury.

Patellar tendinitis

Also referred to as jumper’s knee, this kind of injury is common among long distance runners. It is a small tear in the patellar tendon which connects the shinbone and the knee cap. From a number of studies; over-training, overpronation and too many hill repeats are some of the biggest causes of this problem. If you are along distance runner, doctors usually recommend some sort of physical therapy to aid soothe and strengthen the tendon.

Blisters

Probably one of the most annoying running injuries, blisters can just pop up when you least expected it. They are normally caused by that constant rub between your skin and the shoe; the top layer of your skin tears leaving behind a bubble between the layers of skin. The best way to prevent blisters is by making sure the shoe you wear is comfortable and fits. The material of your wear must also be right. For more information read my article about how to prevent blisters while running.

Ankle sprain

This is an outward roll of the ankle causing the ligament to over stretching leading to a series of pains. Although, recovery may be a little bit tricky at first, experts recommend doing balance exercise to strengthen the muscles.