Stay on Your Feet

Running injuries happen, but they don't need to be inevitable. Dr. Stephen M. Pribut, former president of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine, tells you how to beat runners' pains.

Jan 24, 2008
Outside Magazine
Running Injuries

1. Runner's Knee
Self-Diagnosis: Sharp pain underneath your kneecap.
Cause: A weak inner-thigh muscle makes the kneecap grind on cartilage.
Treatment: Gentle hamstring and calf stretches.

2. Achilles Tendinitis
Self-Diagnosis: Tightness in the Achilles tendon.
Cause: Speed work or shoes with too much cushioning.
Treatment: Buy a firm shoe and a quarter-inch heel lift to insert under the insole. Stop stretching for two weeks.

3. Shinsplints
Self-Diagnosis: Sharp pain near the shinbone.
Cause: Overstriding while running down long hills.
Treatment: Stretch your calf muscles, shorten your stride, and avoid downhills.

4. Plantar Fasciitis
Self-Diagnosis: Pain in the heel when you first stand up.
Cause: Overpronation and floppy shoes.
Treatment: Reduce mileage by 50 percent and switch to a firm shoe with a midsole that doesn't bend.

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