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Top worst injuries for runners

No one is invincible even if we take all the necessary precautions. We all can get an injury whilst doing tasks everyday. In fact, indulging in physical activities can make you more vulnerable to getting hurt than those who are justing sitting down. Some of these injuries from running can become quite troublesome preventing you from doing your daily routine.

Risks for runners

Even the most careful of runners will get an injury at one time or another. Take a look at these problematic injuries.

  • Achilles tendinitis
  • This is a condition where the tendons are inflamed or swollen. It is accompanied by pain on the lower leg. Major causes include tight calves and wearing the wrong shoes whilst training. Icing the affected area and resting are common fixes for this condition. It is also important to do stretching exercises.

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • One of the most common damages you can sustain when running is plantar fasciitis. It is caused by wearing improper shoes or overdoing things. It is characterised by a sharp pain at the heels. To relieve painful symptoms, you can wear orthotics, perform stretching activities and avoid walking bare feet.

  • IT band syndrome
  • The IT band syndrome is swelling of the IT tendon. The pain can sometimes be excruciating and can immobilise you. Massaging the affected area and using a roller massage can ease the symptoms. Taking an anti-inflammatory medication can also help as well as avoiding running downhill.

  • Runner's knee
  • If you are experiencing constant pain under your knee cap, then chances are high that you have runner's knee. Wearing improper shoes and running on 'uneven surfaces' are some of the causes. Reducing inflammation and resting will help your kneecaps recover.

    Shin splits

    Another pesky injury that you might encounter as a runner is shin splits. As the condition implies, it is acute pain in different parts of the shin. The main causes are sudden intensity and frequency of training. Wearing wrong or worn out shoes also worsens the condition. Applying an ice pack, taking anti-inflammatory medication and adopting a gradual training plan will help ease the annoying symptoms of this running injury.

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