Common Injuries in Runners

Symptoms, Facts, and Cures

Plantar Fasciitis

Symptoms: inflammation of the plantar fascia, heel pain, difficulty standing or walking.

Facts: Athletes are more prone to the injury, especially older athletes. It is found to be more common in men. Also, approximately 10% of the population experiences the injury to some degree.

Cures: Rest, ice, ibuprofen, stretches, and physical therapy.

Extensor Tendonitis

Symptoms: tendons on the top of the foot are inflamed, tightness of the calf muscle, fallen foot arch, pain in the big toe.

Facts: Pain and tightness is felt mostly in the calf. A simple test to diagnose this injury is to assess the resistance of the toes. If pain is felt on the top of the foot while the toes try to resist, then it is likely extensor tendonitis.

Cures: calf stretches, anti-inflammatory medicine, a cast, or orthotics.

Works Cited

"Overuse Foot Injuries in Runners." Rice. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Sept. 2013.
http://www.rice.edu/~jenky/sports/thefeet.html.

"New Physical Therapy Instruments at CMH for Soft Tissue Injuries." Pine
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