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Approximately 65% of runners suffer injuries each year. The average runner is predicted to suffer an injury once every 100 hours of running. The most common types of injuries are knee and foot problems, this is due to the pressure that is put on them. In this article, we go over the most common issues that arise from running and how to fix them.

Common Running Injuries

Runner’s knee, also referred to as Patellofemoral syndrome, as several different causes. Runner’s knee frequently results from an out-of-place kneecap. Your kneecap’s cartilage may deteriorate over time. When that occurs, you might experience pain when you squat, climb up or down stairs, or sit for an extended period of time with one knee bent.

Achilles tendinopathy is another common injury sustained while running. This was formerly called tendinitis, this is chronic degenerative changes to the Achilles tendon. That is the broad tendon that connects the calf to the back of the heel. Especially in the morning and after exercise, Achilles tendinitis causes pain, burning, and stiffness in the area of the tendon. It usually results from the tendon being repeatedly stressed. It can be brought on by increasing your running distances excessively.

Another typical running injury is plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the plantar fascia. The thick band of tissue running from the heel to the toes on the bottom of the foot is known as the plantar fascia. The medical term for inflammation is ‘itis’, hence plantar fasciitis. Severe heel pain is typically the first symptom, especially when taking your first steps in the morning. A high or low arch as well as tight calf muscles increase the risk of developing plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis may be associated with increased activity, but it can also occur for other mechanical and environmental reasons. 

How To Treat Common Foot Problems From Running

Listening to your body is the first and most crucial step in treating running injuries. Avoid ignoring pain. A little soreness is acceptable, but you should think about visiting a podiatrist if you experience persistent pain in a muscle, tendon, ligament or joint. 

Be smart with your shoes, too. Put on supportive running trainers and proper running socks that fit properly. Keep in mind that the recommended lifespan for running trainersis a certain number of miles. You should replace your running trainers if the soles are angled or have worn down significantly, which may also be a sign of poor foot function. You may want to think about using custom orthotics if you have foot issues like flat feet, overpronated feet or high arches. Discussing custom orthotics with your local podiatrist is advisable for recreational and competitive runners. 

In addition to this, if you still choose to run – ensure that you have stretched. Lack of stretching leads to a lot of unnecessary injuries. Stretch your muscles thoroughly before and after running, paying special attention to your calf, hamstrings,groin, and quadriceps. Before you begin stretching, warm up for five minutes, perhaps by walking. Injuries could result from stretching cold muscles.

How Can Doncaster Foot Clinic Help You?

Our qualified podiatrists at Doncaster Foot Clinic can provide you with support, advice, and treatment for all of your foot issues, including running injuries and general foot care. Our podiatrists are specialists in treating a range of lower limb conditions, so they can assist you on the road to comfort and recovery. You can reach us by calling us at 01302 342 971. Alternatively, to stay up to date with our clinical updates and specials, follow us on Facebook.

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How Wearing The Correct Running Trainers Can Prevent Foot Problems