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Common Running Injuries and How to Deal with Them

As easy as it is to get into, running isn’t without its challenges. Specifically, there are a lot of injuries that are particularly common to runners that need to be addressed if you’re making it a core part of your fitness regime or taking part in any running competitions. Here, we’re going to look at some of the most common injuries that runners face, and what to do about them.

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Shin Splints

When you start out and you feel pain shooting up your shins, you might be tempted to take paracetamol pain relief tablets and keep going. But shin splints can be extremely painful and debilitating if not dealt with promptly. One thing you can do is to keep running is get onto the treadmill. You probably love running outdoors and who can blame you? Running outdoors is all about testing different terrains and ensuring that you can get that push against your endurance. However, when you have shin splints you need that cushioning under foot to strengthen your legs and offer less shock absorption.

Cramping your style

Muscle cramps are easily the most common running injuries. They’re not usually something to worry about, but the seizure of your muscles and pain can really get in the way of a good workout. Rather than finding a specific way to treat them, prevention is the key. Hydrating and drinking high-electrolyte drinks can help keep muscles from camping, and you need your daily dose of sodium, too.

There’s trouble afoot

On a much more painful and serious note, plantar fasciitis is an injury that can affect the soft tissue along the bottom of the foot, that can can pretty badly irritated over time by repeated pressure. The best way to prevent plantar fasciitis is to wear athletic shoes that offer your feet real support when you’re out running, but reducing your weight if you are overweight can help, too.

Taking a knee

Another very common issue among runners, to the point that it is named for it, is runner’s knee. This is a specific kind of pain at the front of the knee that can become severe if not treated. Improving the stability of your core can help prevent it but to treat it, it can be a good idea to visit a medical practitioner like a chiropractor. Alignment issues can often be at the root cause of knee injuries.

What’s hip?

There are little sacs of fluid in the hips designed to reduce friction. When these become inflamed, however, in a condition called hip bursitis, they can cause even more friction to the point that even walking can become incredibly painful. Applying ice packs and taking anti-inflammatory medications are essential in reducing that inflammation, but this injury also shows the importance of getting enough rest after each run, as well as keeping an eye out for those running shoes.

Stress can break you

One of the injuries most prone to further complications is that of a stress fracture. This is when your bones can’t recover quickly enough to deal with repeated stress. Aside from ensuring that you have correct form while running, one of the most crucial ways to avoid this is to avoid overuse of exercise. If you do get a stress fracture, physical therapy might be needed to help you get back to strength.

The tips above, from ensuring the proper preparation to address them with the treatments therapies needed, can help you bounce back quicker from runner’s injuries and avoid them in the first place. First and foremost, always listen to your body. If you get the notion that you need to stop, you should listen to that instinct.