Running Injuries

Injuries & Ailments

Proper Shoe Selection

Our store's success is due to our staff's ability to give you a proper shoe fitting. When you run, forces greater than three to five times your body weight are placed on your feet and dispersed up your leg. Walking and everyday activities can also place enough stress on the foot to cause pain. The correct running/walking shoes will accommodate the needs of the individual runners and walkers, resulting in increased comfort and performance.

GOT AILMENTS?

ATTENTION ALL CUSTOMERS!!!

WHAT JUST MIGHT OCCUR IF YOU ARE WEARING SHOES THAT ARE NOT FIT PROPERLY?

Read Below To Learn More about the Injuries That Could Develop:

Ailments

Runner's Knee

Chondromalacia Patella, or "Runner's Knee" occurs when repeated stress on the knee causes inflammation and gradual softening of the cartilage under the kneecap (patella). The inflammation of the cartilage prevents the kneecap from gliding smoothly over the end of the thigh bone (femur), causing pain and swelling of the knee. The underside of the kneecap should be smooth and move within the femoral groove (a groove on top of the thigh bone). If the kneecap is pulled sideways, it becomes rough like sandpaper and the symptoms reappear.

Shin Splints

The lower leg pain resulting from shin splints is caused by very small tears in the leg muscles at their point of attachment to the bone. There are two types, anterior and posterior. Anterior shin splints occur in the front portion of the shin bone (tibia). Posterior shin splints occur on the inside (medial part of the leg along the tibia. Anterior shin splints are due to muscle imbalances, insufficient shock absorption or toe running. Excessive pronation (the foot's tendency to roll inward during running) contributes to both types.

Plantar Fasciitis

The plantar fascia is tough fibrous tissue along the bottom of the foot, travelling from the heel to the toes. Inflammation of this structure is called plantar fasciitis and is usually felt as pain in the arch near the heel. People who suffer from this condition usually find that the first step out of bed in the morning is the worst and then the pain gradually decreases during the day. Predisposing conditions include overpronation of the foot, tight calf muscles, poor ankle flexibility, and weak muscles on the bottom foot.

Tendon Injuries

Knee tendon injuries range from tendinitis (inflammation of a tendon) to a ruptured (torn) tendon. If a person overuses a tendon during certain activities such as dancing, cycling, or running, the tendon stretches like a work-out rubber band and becomes inflamed.

Movements such as trying to break a fall may cause excessive contraction of the quadriceps muscles and tear the quadriceps tendon above the patella or the patellar tendon below the patella.

This type of injury is most likely to happen in older people whose tendons tend to be weaker. Tendonitis of the patellar tendon is sometimes called jumper's knee. This is because in sports requiring jumping, such as basketball, the muscle contraction and force of hitting the ground after a jump strain the tendon. The tendon may become inflamed or tear after repeated stress.

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