Dr. Robert Anderson speaks about common running injuries.
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Running can be hard on the body, especially the feet and ankles. As a foot and ankle specialist, what are some of the most common running-related injuries you see?
oPlantar Fasciitis, aka “Runner’s Heel” – Sharp pain in the heel and arch of the foot. Usually worst in the morning and subsides with activity, sometimes returning after long periods of sitting. Common in runners.
oMedial Tibial Stress Syndrome, more commonly known as shin splints – pain in the lower leg, below the knee. Can occur on the outside or inside part of the leg. Building mileage too quickly can be to blame.
oBunions – Painful enlargement of the big toe joint. This is particularly common in runners who over-pronate.
oMetatarsalgia – Pain in the ball of the foot or under the toes. This is often caused by overuse or overtraining.
oCompartment syndrome – Occurs when excess pressure builds up in an enclosed muscle space or “compartment” in the lower leg. This cuts off blood supply to the area and causes swelling and pain. Overuse/overtraining is usually the cause in runners.
How can runners tell the difference between injury and run-of-the-mill training soreness?
oRunners can expect to feel some aches and pains when training, but when pain doesn’t go away with a day or two of rest and icing — and/or if it interferes with daily activity — it’s time to talk to a professional.
What should a runner do if he or she is injured?
oImmediately cease aggravating activity
oIce the affected area
oIf pain persists:
?Take advantage of the free walk-in injury assessment at Bellin Health Titletown
oHours are 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday; 8 a.m.-noon Saturday
?Call Bellin Health Titletown (number for slide: (920) 430-4888)
?Call the free Bellin Run Injury Hotline (number for slide: (920) 430-4595)
oSerious cases of compartment syndrome may require immediate attention. If you suspect acute compartment syndrome, seek treatment immediately.
What is the primary mistake injured runners make?
oNot listening to their bodies, especially when it comes to resting when injured. And there’s often a reluctance to seek professional help, which may be the very thing needed to get you back in action.
What else should runners know?
oBeing sidelined with an injury is tough, but by taking care of yourself now, you’re one step closer to getting back out there and running pain-free.
oWhen you return to activity, you may need to initially adjust your expectations. Your goal time for the Bellin Run or another race may need to be changed based on your current fitness and activity level. That’s OK – getting and staying healthy should be your number one priority.