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Common Running Injuries


The high-impact nature of this activity puts runners at risk for a variety of hip, leg, knee, foot, an ankle injuries.

Hip and thigh injuries can include:

  • Bursitis
  • Iliotibial (IT) band syndrome (inflammation of the tendon that runs along the outside of the upper thigh)
  • Snapping hip syndrome (a "snapping" noise and sensation when the hip is flexed and extended)
  • Stress fractures

Knee injuries can include:

  • Cartilage injuries
  • Kneecap dislocation
  • Meniscal tears
  • Patellofemoral syndrome (a thinning and softening of the shock-absorbing cartilage under the kneecap)
  • Plica syndrome (inflammation of the plica, a fold in the lining of the knee joint)

Foot and ankle injuries can include:

  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Ankle sprain
  • Plantar fasciitis (heel pain due to inflammation of the thick ligament of the base of the foot)

Running Safety and Injury Prevention Tips

  • If you're just starting, plan a progressive running program to avoid overuse injuries.
  • Do a 5-minute warmup (walking or another low-impact activity) before every run, and always remember to stretch before and after.
  • Select a running shoe with good stabilization and shock-absorbing features, and replace your shoes every 250-500 miles.
  • Avoid running on concrete if possible, as its hardness causes more shock to the joints; asphalt is better, and dirt or grass is best.

To find out more about running injuries or to make an appointment with one of our sports medicine specialists, visit the Request an Appointment page or contact us.

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