Is running Positive or negative for our body?
Even though running regularly offers many benefits to your health, there are risks of certain injuries. These running injuries generally affect the muscles, tendons, joints and bones of your legs. Most of these injuries are due to the repetitive activity and not to a single traumatic event.
What are the most common injuries and its symptoms?
Knee pain: There is a distinctive characteristic of this syndrome and it is the gradual pain appearance in the front of the knee, close to the patella. The pain deteriorates after reamaining seated for a long period of time or going up and down stairs.
Medial tibial stress syndrome, also known as "shin splints": This causes pain in the shins and is more common in beginners at running. Long-distance runners may have fractures due to overload.
Achilles tendonitis: Achilles tendonitis causes pain in the heel tendon also known as achilles tendon on the back of the ankle.
Plantar Fasciitis: It causes pain in the sole of the foot or on the heel itself.
How to reduce the risk of suffering these injuries while running?
Everyone is different, but you may follow some general recommendations:
- If you are a beginner in the running field, start slowly and increase the time and distance gradually.
- Some people include 1 or 2 "rest days", or days which make other types of exercise each week.
- Choose a comfortable and efficient footwear.
- Do stretching before and after your training.
The most important thing when it comes to treat running injuries is resting, or a change of activity, to give time for healing.Other treatments may include the use of ice right after the unjury appeared, special devices as splints or and painkillers such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Physical therapy may also be useful for the most serious injuries, in very few cases surgery is needed.
If you have pain when you run and it lasts more than a few days or is severe enough to make it stop running, make an appointment with your doctor and do not try to strive and endure pain.