runnerKeeping fit has become one of the hottest trends in our modern society.  These days you wake up during the wee hours of the morning and you will find people doing their daily morning workouts.  These exercises usually include jogging, walking or running.  Running is a great way to get into shape.  It is an overall body workout which in turn allows the individual to burn a lot of calories without actually having to hit the gym.

Not everyone likes to run.  Studies show that running is quite effective and makes you healthier in general.  It enhances the development of good cholesterol, helps build your immune system, and even prevents the formation of blood clots.

No runner would want to experience any form of pain or discomfort.  The truth of the matter is that most runners do encounter some problems while running.  This is due to a variety of reasons.

Here are a few of the common injuries and issues that are most commonly encountered during running:

  • ŸRunner’s Knee:  Runner’s knee is most commonly caused by an irritation of the cartilage underneath the kneecap.  Majority of running injuries usually occur around the knee area.  Regardless of the fact that you can run with it, any runner with this condition should consider resting and rehabilitating the knee in order not to make the injury any worse.
  • ŸAchilles Tendonitis:  This is a very common injury among runners.  The condition develops when the Achilles tendon is under too much stress which leads to irritation and inflammation.
  • ŸStress Fracture:  This injury is characterized by a small crack in one or more of the many bones within the leg region, giving runners discomfort and pain.  It usually affects the shin and the knee areas found in the lower extremities.  The problem develops when the runner pushes themselves to the limit before the body could become accustomed to the exercise.
  • ŸMuscle Pull:  This condition is most often referred to as muscle strain.  It is a small tear in the muscle, which is caused by over stretching during a running activity.
  • ŸBlisters: Blisters are considered a minor running injury.  They can be caused by wearing undersized shoes or socks.  They are characterized by water filled sacks on the skin. Either popping the blister or leaving it alone.
  • ŸPlantar Fasciitis:  Plantar fasciitis pertains to an inflammation in the fascia layer of the legs/feet.  Runners with tight calf muscles and high arches are more prone to this injury.  This condition is most commonly linked to increased physical exertion that runners  tend to do by adding a few more miles to their routine.

These are just a few of the examples of what a runner should be aware of in terms of possible injuries.  Bear in mind that prevention is better than cure. Preventing these injuries from occurring in the first place will enable you to enjoy running better and also save you in terms of medical expenses.

Wearing the appropriate gear, staying hydrated and resting in between every run is advised in order to avoid injuries.

Running while suffering and injury is not advised.  Doing this could make the condition worse. If you are experiencing discomfort in any area of your foot that are keeping you from enjoying running, you should consult with a podiatrist in your area.