Unfortunately running injuries are all too common so it is important to know ways in which you can best try to prevent them occuring. We list the common injuries that runners sustain and give you information on treatment available.
Running is a sport of passion; why else would we torture our bodies with kilometres of punishment every day? Running injuries are an unfortunate, but all too common, occurrence. Understanding a running injury is the key to effective treatment. Here you will find resources that explain common problems, and offer information about types of treatment for a running injury.
This information is intended to only be used as a reference. We recommend consulting a medical professional should you incur any injuries or are looking to make any major changes to your training and nutrition.
Pronation is a normal movement of the foot, that allows the arch to flatten to a degree, which helps the body to absorb shock and adapt to different ground surfaces. In analyzing ones gait, first contact is on the heel and outside of the foot; followed by a shift of body weight continuing forward toward the arch and toes. If the foot is weak or tired and/or the footwear is not supportive, then the arch can flatten more than normal, which is excessive pronation. Flattening of the arch (excessive pronation) places pressure on the arch and stretches the plantar fascia (which supports the arch) and can create inflammation at the attachment on the heel.
This repetitive, excessive pronation, is the main contributor to many lower extremity, overuse injuries. As the achilles tendon attaches on the back of the heel, and if the the foot is in excessive pronation, there is an increased torque or pull on the tendon, which can cause inflammation.