While running injuries happen to competitors of all ages and experience levels, beginning runners may be ill equipped to pinpoint their exact injury and overzealous to train when rest is the best option. Running can be the most rewarding experience of a lifetime, but it can also be the most miserable temptation when down and out. But new runners shouldn’t let little slip ups slow down their stride.
They happen to the best of athletes and they know no bounds when it comes to training. Those serious about taking their workout to the next level, will inevitably run into the pain at the base of the shin that gives all runners cause for a
Also known as a medial tibial stress syndrome, this aggravating condition is best treated by rest and ice. Unfortunately, if left untreated it can spread into a stress fracture and eventually a full break. Even worse, the common symptoms of a stress fracture are almost identical to those of a fracture.
1. Swelling along the inside and lower portion of the shin.
2. Dull, aching, pain along the shin, before, during, or even after exercise.
3. Indistinguishable by xray and may require bone scans to detail the seriousness of the condition.
Patello femoral pain syndrome, also known as runners knee is a common condition that is caused by overuse, improper footwear, bad running surfaces and poor form. It is caused by the patella irritating the femur and the major symptoms include,
1. pain around the center of the knee cap or even behind the knee.
2. a sense of instability or that the knee may dislocate.
Another common injury caused by stress and overuse is Plantar Fasciitis. This injury occurring on the ligaments that connects the heel to the toes is characterized by sharp pain on the bottom of the foot that is alleviated as the day goes on when the ligaments warm up and stretch out. Diagnosis is usually completed by a range of motion test by physicians or sports doctors.
While each of these three conditions can potentially spiral out of control, for most runners they will be little more than a speed bump on the way to higher mileage. New runners should remember that rest, ice and elevation are their best friends. Also a successful stretching routine is the best way to start prevention and complete rehabilitation. if pain continues even after being off the targeted area, gets worse, or turns from dull and achy to sharp and throbbing, then it is time to see a doc and put down the shoes.