The 6 Most Common Running Injuries Pt. 2 | Total Performance Physical Therapy

The 6 Most Common Running Injuries Pt. 2

October 30, 2019

At Total Performance Physical Therapy, we don’t just offer aquatic therapy services in Hatboro-Horsham. We work with patients on everything from sports injuries to rehabilitation for car accidents. Our top physical therapy clinics operate with helping you in mind. In our last blog, we explored some common types of running injuries. While runners can be all too familiar with typical ailments, we strive to increase everyone’s awareness of the following conditions. Let’s take a look.

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is localized pain on the bottom of your foot and is commonly caused by repetitive strain to the ligament of the sole. This condition can be from excessive running and inadequate footgear (barefoot, lack of running sneakers, worn-down shoes, etc.). Conservative treatments are used to help plantar fasciitis, including icing the foot, resting, and stretching. Professional physical therapy can provide you exercises to stretch the plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendon.

Achilles Tendinitis

Achilles Tendinitis pain is associated with a mild ache in the back of the leg or above the heel. Long-distance running may cause severe pain, as it put can put repetitive strain on the Achilles tendon. If you experience this condition, you may experience stiffness or tenderness in the morning, which usually improves with mild activity. If the pain becomes severe, it is time to see a doctor.

Iliotibial Band Syndrome

Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITBS) is a condition in which connective tissue rubs against the thigh bone. If the iliotibial band gets too tight, it can lead to swelling and pain around the knee, Distance runners are often susceptible to it as it is caused by activities that require you to bend your knee repetitively. Not implementing proper training techniques (not stretching correctly, short rest periods) and running on banked surfaces can lead to ITBS.

When to Seek Medical Treatment

With every approaching marathon comes injured runners. Conditions that typically need to be treated by a medical professional include pain that keeps you up at night, hinders you from carrying out everyday activities, or pain that comes back on even after rest days. Be proactive about your health; it could mean crossing the finish line or watching from the sidelines. If you want a consultation or to learn more about our aquatic therapy pools in Horsham, contact Total Performance Physical Therapy today.