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3 Common Running Injuries Not to Ignore

No matter what distance or experience level you have with running, almost every runner experiences some aches and pains at one point or another. Especially, when you are increasing the distance you run, it is important to analyze whether or not that ache is something more serious or just a little soreness from your hard work. These are three injuries that occur commonly that may be serious and require more immediate medical management.

  1. Stress Fractures:
    Stress fractures occur often from overtraining and increasing mileage too quickly. Since the bones of your leg and foot take a lot of force through them when running, they need time to adapt and recover from increased loads. If they are unable to adapt a stress fracture can occur. If you have aches or pains in these areas lasting more than a week that occurs with weight bearing or running, it is a good idea to get it checked out by a medical professional to make sure it is not a stress fracture.Dr. Ana Cafengiu from Cafengiu Podiatry & Sports Medicine states that “Most patients wait a while before treating a stress fracture because they don’t equate the pain with a ” broken bone” as they don’t remember any specific injury that caused it.”If you have a stress fracture, treatment will often include rest and limitations in weight bearing activity, gradual activity progression, strengthening and stretching areas with imbalances to improve your biomechanics and to increase your shock absorption ability. It is also a good idea to review your training program with a personal trainer or running coach.
  2. Achilles Tendonitis:
    This injury occurs as a repetitive motion disorder from frequently overloading the calf muscles and Achilles tendon. The primary symptoms are pain and soreness in the back of the heel, which is increased with rising up onto the toes. This problem typically responds with conservative treatment including physical therapy and people regain their function. This is an important injury to respect because studies have shown that having several bouts of Achilles tendonitis greatly increases your risk for rupturing and tearing your Achilles tendon later in life.
  3. Morton’s Neuroma:
    This is a small nodule that forms around a nerve around the bones of the midfoot. Symptoms often include pain, numbness, and tingling between the toes. This occurs from repetitive stress to the nerve as the foot pronates and gets compressed during walking and running. Dr. Cafengiu reports “Neuromas should be treated aggressively in a conservative manner before considering surgical intervention. “ She goes on to say that ‘rocker-bottom’ shoes, and metatarsal pads are ways to decrease pressure from the nerve. These options can be combined with physical therapy.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, have them checked out by a qualified medical professional such as a physical therapist or sports physician. Early intervention is best and can prevent a minor injury from becoming something much more severe.BREAKTHRU offers FREE Physical Therapy Consultations if you have an ache or a pain, and you are not sure what to do.We also offer complimentary Functional Movement Screens, a whole body assessment designed to identify your weak links, and help prevent injuries.

DR. JEFF RUTH PT, DPT, CSCS DR. LANCE KNAUB PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS