by Gloria Hillman

Top 3 Injuries while Running

Runner's knee, Shin Splints, Iliotibial Band syndrome, Achiles tendisities are some of the injuries you may encounter if you are fond of running. Running per se is not an exercise for athletes alone. In fact, you can start and love running anytime you want. It releases stress, helps you lose weight and makes you discover how great your body works.

Injuries are completely unavoidable in any sports or exercises especially when you don't listen to your body and prepare for the battle. It is more than just looking for the perfect shoes and keeping yourself hydrated while running. But worry no more, here are some of the common runner's problems and how to address them.

1. Achilles Tendonitis. This is an occurrence where your Achilles tendon are inflammation of the Achilles tendon. This tendon is found from the heel bone to the calf muscle and it is the largest tendon in your body. Rest is the sure way to fix tendonitis but if you cant stop doing exercises, do low-impact activities for a few weeks to rest your feet.

2. Iliotibial band Syndrom. Iliotibia band syndrome happens when there is pain in your knees or hips. The tendon around your waist tightens creating a tension on the bursae or fluid sacs. The tension then causes the tendon to swell making it painful when you run or sometimes walk around. To remedy the problem, cut your mileage to 50% for a few weeks or stop running for a few weeks. Low-impact activities can be done while in hiatus for running.

3. Plantar Fascitis. This is also an inflammation in the plantas fascia or the connective tissue that connects your forefoot and heels giving that arch support on your foot. Plantar fasciitis is painful especially as you take each step in running. You can try to fix it by rolling an ice cube or frozen bottled water on your heels and a good stretching. Sometimes though, the pain is severe that you need to go to the doctor to ease up the pain. Just avoid very high heels and flip-flops with low arch support if you are diagnosed with plantar fasciitis.