The 6 Most Common Running Injuries

Learn the causes and solutions of the most common injuries for runners.

The 6 Most Common Running Injuries

A pain in your knee or tightened muscle can ruin a perfectly good run. But if you didn’t twist your ankle or bump into something, where did the pain come from? Read on to learn about six of the most common running injuries and how to treat them.

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Plantar Fasciitis

Shooting pain on the bottom of your foot and the heel could indicate a case of plantar fasciitis. This happens when your plantar fascia (the band of tissue that connects your heel to your toes) is torn or stretched too much, and is typical for runners.

Treatment for plantar fasciitis varies depending on the severity of your injury. Physical therapy, night splints, orthotics, steroid shots, extracorporeal shock therapy, or surgery may be needed. You can also try to ease your pain by wearing supportive shoes, and by icing and stretching your arches. Remember to consult your doctor before treating your injury.

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