Common Running Injuries
In most cases, running injuries are the result of overuse. You go out for runs regularly, don’t give yourself enough rest time, and over time your feet gradually lose their ability to withstand and recover from the stress. Common injuries experienced by runners include:
- Plantar fasciitis. It’s the most common form of heel pain, caused by inflammation or tearing in connective tissues on the bottom of your foot. Sharp pain on the underside of the heel during the first steps of the day is the most frequent symptom.
- Stress fractures. When soft tissues lose their ability to absorb shocks efficiently, forces transfer directly to bones. Over time, this can cause hairline cracks to form in the bone.
- Achilles tendinitis. This refers to pain, swelling, or degeneration in the Achilles tendon, also known as the “heel cord” in the back of your leg. For runners, it’s most likely to occur if you suddenly ramp up your mileage or intensity in a short period of time, rather than gradually.
- Shin splints. This is a bit of a catch-all term that can refer to pain and stress surrounding the tibia, or shinbone. Muscles, connective tissues, or even the bone may be affected.
- Ankle sprains. Unlike the other items on this list, sprains aren’t usually an overuse injury, but sudden ligament tears after an awkward stumble.