Articles tagged with: leg pain

What causes leg pain in runners?

Running for good health or competition might appear like a easy activity, however, up to 50% of all runners might get some type of injury each year. That injury may be minor and they run through the injury until it gets better or it can be serious enough for them to have to give up running or jogging. The most common source of these running injuries is that the runner just overdid the distances ran. They ran too much before the body is given time to adapt or get used to the miles being run. Each time that a load is applied to the body it is very important to give it a rest before applying another load by going for another run. If too much load is applied before recuperation from an earlier training session, any damage get exacerbated and this might progress into an injury. Rest is just as important as the training runs and that is how fitness and strength is increased and is also how an injury is averted.

As well as the too much too soon scenario, biomechanics also has a role. This is the way that we run and different runners do it in a different way. Different running techniques can affect different tissues in a different way and load some tissues too much, so that when running that could be enough to cause a running injury. For example, disorders such as medial tibial stress syndrome (shin splints) may occur when the distance between the foot placement when running is too narrow. Runners with this condition could benefit from running with a wider base of gait. Another common biomechanical problem in runners can be tight calf muscles. When running this makes the arch of the foot to break down or overpronate and may result in numerous conditions such as plantar fasciitis to runners knee. These people may benefit the most from a calf muscle stretching rehab plan. The management of running injury depends on the cause and really should be geared towards the cause, whether its biomechanics to training load concerns.