The Fear of Running Injuries

Whether you are a new or seasoned runner, literature supports a high incidence of running injuries. Those relatively new to the sport have a higher predilection for injuries, and some of the determining factors include: improper footwear, faulty biomechanics, poor flexibility, former foot, ankle, knee and lower leg injuries, leg length inequality, over-pronation, inadequate training, etc.

Research studies estimate that approximately 20% to 80% of new running injuries occur in the first year, and a high incidence of recurring injuries thereafter. The knee has the highest noted injury rate, with estimates of nearly 45% of running injuries, the foot, ankle and lower leg constitute approximately 30%, and the hip/pelvis about 5-10%.

One must recognize that running is a high-impact sport, hence the importance of learning how to train properly. Get a running coach, read numerous articles and learn how to increase your miles steadily, how to stretch, warm up and cool down. Learn what cross training is and how to cross train effectively. Knowledge is power, and these tips can help not only deter you from injuries, but is paramount for a successful running career or hobby. This information is invaluable and collected with 35 years of clinical experience treating patients from all over the world.

The following injuries can be prevented and treated conservatively and effectively, and in most instances won’t likely impede your ability to continue training. Plantar Fasciitis, Achilles Tendonitis, Over-Pronation, Sprain/Strain, Morton’s Neuroma, Heel Spur Syndrome, Shin Splints, and Stress Fractures, etc.

The biomechanics of the foot permits proper shock absorption and flexible locomotion while maintaining the proper ARCH-itecture. When any of the 26 bones of the foot become misaligned the soft tissue (ligaments, tendons, fascia, bursas, etc.) becomes inflamed resulting in pain and inability to withstand the forces of walking, running, jumping, etc. Don’t be side-lined from injuries that can be treated with a different protocol than commonly recognized. Does this procedure work? Absolutely, in most instances it is the fastest and most comprehensive approach to detecting and correcting most extremity conditions, injuries and syndromes.

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