Top 5 Running Injuries

Runners of all skill levels usually experience some kind of injury, ache or pain. Most of the time, running injuries happen when you overexert, or when you’re not paying attention to proper body mechanics, or sometimes just dumb luck.

Here’s a quick list of the top five of the most common injuries (WebMD, et al) and some ideas about how to treat them.

1. Runner’s knee. Basically, this is when your form, running shoes, or terrain causes your kneecap to misalign. You’ll especially feel this when sitting for a long time, squatting, or climbing a hill or stairs. Over time, the cartilage around your kneecap can wear down causing bone-to-bone friction which results in pain, especially around the edges of your kneecap.

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Replace Your Running Shoes!

wornrunningshoesYour running shoes provide cushioning, shock absorption and stability and over time, like any other often used item, they wear out.

As a general rule, running shoes last about 300-400 miles, while walking shoes last around 500.

You can also examine the shoes for wear patterns. It turns out that you don’t use the treads on the bottom of the shoes to determine whether to replace them, nor does the fact that they’re dirty mean you need to replace them. Instead, examine the midsole area.

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