The runners have become accustomed to living with injuries and pain. 50% of them are victims of this delicate situation. This can be poor adaptation to physical stress, a biomechanical problem, or even overtraining. The body can suffer some trauma and injury during training. We share here the 4 most frequent injuries in the daily life of a runner.
Known as the largest and strongest in the human body, Achilles tendinitis most commonly affects runners and men between the ages of 30 and 50. For foot propulsion, the Achilles tendon is a crucial role in storing energy by connecting the calf to the heel. Tendonitis is thus characterized by sharp pain in the tendon. It appears most of the time in the morning and frequently presents itself after hard physical exertion. It is notable that the tendon is very sensitive to touch.
Among the most predisposing factors is increased training, muscle control or biomechanical fault. Runners who are adept at sprinting by running on a sloping surface are the most affected by tendonitis. As soon as a certain symptom appears, it would be recommended to consult a specialist more quickly. Once these pains persist, scar tissue forms and produces significant chronic pain.
By the presence of a dull pain in the tibia, shin periostitis appears 3 to 4 days after physical exertion. And with the resumption of activity, it could appear again.
The appearance of shin splint is especially recognized by the presence of constant tension and stress in the leg. In particular, the runner may experience inflammation of the muscle tendons. Some situations can create excessive and especially repeated tension on the periosteum such as:
- Increased running intensity;
- The change of a terrain to run;
- Or an overload on the posterior muscle chain of the leg, it could indeed.
These symptoms should never be neglected so that this situation does not have an impact on the runner’s sporting future.
Plantar fasciopathy, also known as plantar fasciitis, is an irritation of the fascia under the runner’s foot. This strip of strong fabric represents a central role in connecting the foot and toes. By its power of control over the pronation of the foot, it is presented in particular as a fundamental support of the latter. It therefore absorbs forces and acts mainly as a passive thruster when walking.
Irritation can occur with heel and arch pain when runners experience significant stress on this membrane. As early as morning, the runner may feel a sharp burning sensation, which could be bothersome during an hour of time or two hours of physical training. The main cause of these symptoms may be:
- A biomechanical fault;
- Or uncontrolled excessive foot pronation.
The occurrence of this type of problem can also appear with the presence of flat feet or feet with high arches. Direct management of this health problem must be privileged for runners. Otherwise, they may experience significant chronic pain. And this situation could affect the practice of sports activities.
Tibial band syndrome
A very common situation in marathon runners, the tibial strip manifests itself in the form of strong burns present on the lateral surface of the knee. Following prolonged sitting, these pains can certainly appear before or even after physical activity.
By the presence of significant friction of the large fascia, tibial band syndrome affects a greater number of young athletes, more specifically marathon runners. The iliotibial band is best known as a strip of tissue that develops along the outer thigh from the hip to the knee. This strip can thus move over the lateral epicondyle of the femur by following a back and forth movement at the time of flexion and extension of the knee.
Can a physiotherapy session help with running?
Indeed, a physiotherapy session can help you treat all the problems related to running or simply increase your performance. Our physiotherapists are certified by the runner’s clinic, so with the help of Physio+ Hamel professionals, several techniques are proposed and the team will know perfectly how to proceed with the healing.
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