Although running is healthy, it can cause strain on your body or lead to a sports injury that makes it painful to move, let alone run. The following injuries are common and do not have to be debilitating when you seek sports therapy from a chiropractor.
This runner’s injury occurs when the ligament between the pelvic and shin bones becomes tight and begins rubbing against the thigh bone causing pain. Distance runners are among the most likely to develop this condition, which is usually treated with physical therapy or corticosteroid, so beware if you plan to run a marathon. Surgery may be an option to correct iliotibial syndrome.
Running and walking can cause plantar fasciitis, a condition in which the tissue along the bottom of the foot becomes torn, irritated or otherwise inflamed. Symptoms include heel pain, especially in the morning or after sitting. Poor footwear can lead to plantar fasciitis, so it’s important to pick supportive shoes. Certain stretches and shoe inserts can reduce the pain from this injury. Although surgery may be required to correct it in some cases.
Runners commonly experience knee pain. This tenderness is known as Runner’s Knee and is caused by the repetitious force of the foot hitting the ground. Running downhill and weak hips can also play a role in runner’s knee. Running only on flat terrain or uphill can reduce knee pain while taping your knee or wearing a brace may also help.
Your Achilles tendon can truly become your weak spot if you’re a runner. You might recall that this tendon connects your heel to your calf, and it can be quite painful when irritated. Proper stretching after your run and quality footwear reduce pain. You may find that climbing hills increase discomfort because of the strain it puts on your Achilles tendon, so ease up.
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If you have any of these sports injuries, a chiropractor may be the solution to your pain and key to your continued health and activity.
Call Keegan Chiropractic at 703-858-3500 if you live in Ashburn and want to schedule an appointment.