Top Five Most Common Running Injuries


The World’s Biggest half marathon is nearly upon us again. For some months of training have built up for this. For others sheer panic, a couple of weeks left and no training. Is it any wonder that injuries will occur over the next few weeks? This blog takes a look at some of the most common running injuries.

Plantar Fasciitis

First up we have Plantar Fasciitis. This condition can present itself as a sharp, tight sensation at the base of the heel BUT it’s important to know that this DOES NOT necessary confirm you have Plantar Fasciitis. It can sometimes appear to get better when you run but comes back with a vengeance the next day.

Causes can be overtraining, overuse such as trying to cram as many miles in as possible within a said amount of time, running too far too soon, worn out or incorrect fitting footwear or even just weak muscles in the feet.

Achilles Tendinitis

Achilles Tendinitis is the inflammation of the Achilles heel in the lower back part of the leg around the heel bone. Pain will be felt and as a result the tendon thickens – which can be excruciating.

The causes can include tight calf’s, overtraining, too much hill running, quick increase in volume of training – sound familiar? And once again unsupportive footwear – don’t underestimate the value of correct running shoes!

IT Band Syndrome

The IT band connects your knee to the hip. IT Band syndrome is when this thick band becomes inflamed and you will feel a sharp pain in the side of the knee/leg when you run – more so when running down a hill.

ITBS can be caused by a lot of things such as running down hills – this causes friction between the ITB and the femur. Over time the band tightens, may inflame, pain gets worse and eventually will stop you from running. Other causes can be posture related such as hip misalignment, leg length discrepancy, weak or tight muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and glutes.

Runner’s Knee

This feels like a constant ache under the kneecap when you run. The pain usually intensifies as the volume of running increases. Causes can include uneven running surfaces or incorrect shoe choice such as running with fell shoes on the road, weak quads and hips. Biomechanical flaws can also contribute.

Shin Splints

The umbrella term “shin splints” describes several injuries that involve pain in the shin area. This can be at worst, stress fracture along the tibia and less severe the muscles covering the shin may be inflamed and painful to touch. Causes can be sudden spike in training volume and intensity. Running on hard surfaces and inexperience of running. Also, tight muscles can contribute to this.

Well there you have it – FIVE of the most common running injuries.

If you feel you may be suffering from any of these conditions, then GET IN TOUCH – we have a number of therapists who are experienced in treating running injuries or ailments!

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