As much as you might enjoy running, sometimes there are injuries that we just can’t predict. We are humans, and our bodies are not machines, so it’s only natural that repetitive movements and frequent use of certain muscles can sometimes reflect in pain and injury. Therefore, we’ve gathered a list of four most common injuries to make sure you understand the potential risks of extensive body movement and also to get you acquainted with the ways you can deal with those injuries.
Achilles Tendinitis, or heel injury, is an overuse injury of the Achilles tendon that is the result of extensive pressure put on the heel while running. It’s very common in runners who decide to increase the intensity or extended the duration of their running routines. One-fifth of runners report having suffered this injury. The tendon gets tightened and consequently irritated, which then results in a mild ache in the back of the leg which then leads to stiffness and tenderness. However, there are ways to treat heel injuries at home, but it is important to consult with a doctor if the injury is serious. If not dealt with in a timely manner, continuous heel injuries can result in a rupture of Achilles tendon, which will require medical intervention, and possibly surgery.
One of the most common running injuries involves the knees. While certain knee injuries can be treated at home, others require the help of the professional. The treatment of injury depends on how serious it is and, in some cases surgery is inevitable. Consider taking effective knee injections to help you lessen the pain and reduce the swelling that a knee injury is often accompanied by thus minimizing the inflammation. You can choose the type of knee injection according to your needs. There are corticosteroids for relieving inflammation, viscosupplementation that increases the concentration of hyaluronic acid in the knee and makes it more viscous (hence the name), and platelet-rich plasma to help heal the injury by promoting connective tissue growth.
Injuries involving a hamstring strain are indicators of insufficient or extensive flexibility in runners. In other words, both flexible and inflexible runners are prone to experiencing hamstring strain. Longer and overly-stretched muscles are more vulnerable while short muscles that are tight are under great tension. You can recognize hamstring strain when you feel tightness in your thighs or when they feel weak. Also, bruises may appear as an indicator that something’s wrong. The levels of hamstring strain vary from a mild strain to a severe injury like the tearing of hamstring muscle. In order to prevent this type of injury, or at least lessen the chances of it happening, book a physiotherapy appointment that will aim to reduce inflammation and strengthen your hamstrings and knee muscles.
Another common running injury is shin splint. Although not as common as the first three injuries, it sure isn’t something that should be taken lightly. A shin splint is a sign that your workout is too aggressive or that you’re imposing changes too quickly. You can tell that you have a shin splint when you feel pain in the front or inside your lower leg, along your tibia, or shin bone. If you experience this pain, it is recommended to take some time off from running and let your body heal and rest. Fallen and high arches are known to strike shin splints. However, by choosing proper running shoes and getting a proper warm-up before you go for a run, you’ll be protecting your legs from this troublesome injury.
If you love running, then you know how big of a hassle it would be to have to rest and not be able to indulge in your favorite physical activity. Use our list as a guide for distinguishing between different injuries as well as treating them the right way.