Running is one of the most common ways to stay active, especially with the miles of trails surrounding Eugene. In our neck of the woods, it is hard to resist the urge to get outside and take advantage of the scenery on a nice long run. Unfortunately, running can take a toll on the body and cause injury. Here is a breakdown of three of the most common running injuries and how to treat them.
Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of muscles on the bottom of the foot. The first signs of this are a burning and painful sensation on the bottom of the foot, typically near the heal. It is important to rest and avoid running while you are experiencing pain. Ice and elevate the foot to reduce inflammation. Once you feel the pain is gone, it is important to wear good shoes and try an insert that helps reduce the impact on the strained muscles. In addition, stretching the muscles that are causing the problem is another way to prevent recurring incidents.
Shin splints, like plantar fasciitis, are caused by the heavy use of muscles and tendons during running. Like its name suggests the pain experienced is in the lower legs. Often this occurs when one changes the amount of stress they are placing on the muscles. For instance, if you recently increased the distance you run, you may experience shin splints. Similar to other muscle injuries, it is important to reduce the inflammation with ice, elevation, and rest. Easing into a new routine along with gear that reduces impact can help to prevent this type of injury.
Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (Runners Knee)
Patellofemoral pain syndrome or “runners knee” is caused by the irritation of the cartilage under the kneecap. Symptoms include pain on top of or behind the kneecap and can be exacerbated by squatting and stairs. Again, rest, ice, and elevation are in order. Also, it is crucial to strengthen and align muscles in the hips and quads to ensure proper rotation of the femur to prevent further irritation of the cartilage.
These injuries are just three of the most common injuries faced by runners. The impact of the activity can cause a variety of different ailments, and it is important to recognize when it is time to take a break. If the pain from one of these injuries does not go away on its own after trying the methods mentioned in this article, call Pure Life Chiropractic today. Some injuries are worse than others, and our experienced staff is trained to help you recover and become stronger than ever. 541-343-5633
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