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Runner’s Injuries: The Risks, Pain, and Solutions

shutterstock_194844245-800x533Some people swim, others box, and you run. Running is the most common exercising hobby in our country but unfortunately leads to frequent and uncomfortable injuries that the running wounded know all too well.

If you are amongst the number of devoted runners who push through pain on a daily basis, consider how these injuries may be impacting your routine and your health courtesy of Bennett Orthopedics, a Lakewood Ranch orthopedic surgeon.

Runner’s Knee

The knee experiences extreme stress and pressure during running, causing “runner’s knee” to contribute to about 40% of running injuries. It’s caused by irritation of the cartilage under the kneecap and tends to become worse during and after your longest runs and steep descents. Interestingly, weak quad and glute muscles can contribute to this because the weak muscles force the knees to carry more weight. Though you can technically run through this problem, a day of rest is a far better alternative to avoid further injury. Try uphill running, lateral side steps, and good old fashion ice to mitigate the damages done by runner’s knee and ultimately strengthen the other muscles enough to avoid runner’s knee altogether.

Achilles Tendonitis

This pesky issue rears its ugly head as a response to tight, weak calves and dramatic increase in hill and speedwork training. This is not an injury to run through, as tempted as you may be! Ignoring the problem can result in a much more serious case of tendonitis that could have you off your running feet for up to six months. Apply ice five times a day to rehab the issue, and prevent future occurrences by strengthening your calves with heel drops and calf raises. Flip flips and high heels can irritate the Achilles, so they should be avoided until you know you are completely healed.

Other common injuries like hamstring pulls and shinsplints can also wreak havoc on your body and running routine. The key is to take care of your body; ignoring a symptom to squeeze in one more run could potentially prevent you from running for weeks due to the accumulated damage. When in doubt, visit a Bradenton orthopedic doctor to receive a professional opinion of your condition so that you can proceed with the appropriate caution.