Running Injuries

Monday, September 15, 2014

Running injuries are common, and often expected from athletes who participate in this activity. Dr. Edward Hill discusses some common running injuries in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Although there are many health benefits from running regularly, there is also a risk of injury. Injuries from running usually involve the muscles, tendons, joints and bones of the legs. Most are due to repetitive activity rather than a single traumatic event.

Knee pain is the most common symptom of injury in runners. Another common injury in runners is medial tibial stress syndrome, also known as shin splints. Long-distance runners can get stress fractures, small fractures of the bone that result from repeated stress on the bone, most often in the lower leg, hip or foot. Other foot problems include Achilles tendinitis and plantar fasciitis.

The most important treatment for running injuries is rest, or changing activities, to allow for healing. Other treatments include ice, special devices such as splints or orthotics, and pain relievers such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.

If you have pain while running that lasts for more than a few days or is severe enough to make you stop running, see your doctor.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.