Treating and Preventing Common Injuries for Runners

\Picking up a regular habit of running can be great for your health – if done right. Overexerting yourself, ignoring your body’s signals, or even choosing the wrong shoes, could result in an injury that might keep you off your feet for a while. Learn more about the most common running injuries, take measures to prevent them the best you can, and treat them properly if they do occur. With the right guidance, you can continue running safely for many years to come.Runner

Stress Fractures
Considered one of the more serious running injuries, stress fractures have lasting consequences if they are not treated right away. These fractures often occur when the runner has been pushing himself too far or isn’t getting enough calcium in his diet. Some runners will find themselves suffering from a stress fracture for no known reason, so even if you are taking precautions, don’t ignore any pains you might experience in your legs or feet. See a doctor who specializes in sports medicine if an unexplained pain persists.

Runner’s Knee
Knee injuries are common for runners. Runner’s knee is a gradual discomfort that comes as the cartilage behind your kneecap wears away. Wearing ill-fitting shoes without the right support can increase your chances of runner’s knee. You can also prevent this injury by strengthening your quadriceps. If you do begin to experience pains or discomfort, physical therapy can restore your knee to health.

Shin Splints
The majority of runners will experience shin splints at some point in their lives. Unfortunately, some runners have a predisposition for this injury. If you notice pains on the insides of your calves, make sure you are wearing good running shoes that fit you well and provide ample support. Not stretching enough before and after runs or overexerting yourself during a run can also result in painful shin splints. Try to stretch and rest your legs during the healing process.

If you have experienced a runner’s injury, Denton Regional Medical Center can help get you back on your feet. Learn more about our Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center, and contact us to receive a physician referral. For a physician referral, please call 1-855-477-DRMC.

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