By The Wisconsin Podiatric Medical Association
August 09, 2019
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Runner’s Injury  

Running is a great way to stay fit, gain strength and reduce stress. In fact, it could even help you live longer; however, while there are a number of benefits to running it’s also important that you recognize and do what you can to prevent injuries from happening. Recognize the warning signs of a runner’s injury and know when to visit a podiatrist for care. The Wisconsin Podiatric Medical Association has been providing patients with the names of doctors in the Milwaukee, Green Bay, Madison, Wausau and LaCrosse, WI areas.

When Muscle Soreness is a Problem

It’s normal for there to be some soreness and achiness in the muscles after working out or running. In some cases, this may even be a sign of muscle growth and development; however, repeated and excessive stress on muscles can also lead to injury. Here are the top causes of runner’s injuries,

  • Poor form
  • Improper stretching and warming up prior to working out
  • Incorrect or worn-out footwear

You Might be Overtraining

While most of us can recognize the importance of exercise and its numerous benefits, there is also too much of a good thing. Overtraining can also lead to injury and be harmful to your health. Signs of overtraining include,

  • Mood changes (e.g. irritability; increased anxiety)
  • Frequent illness
  • Constant exhaustion and fatigue
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Heaviness in the legs

The areas that most often experience pain and discomfort in runners include the shins, legs, feet, knees and ankles. While limiting or avoiding high-impact activities for a couple of days can eliminate minor aches and pains, depending on the severity of the injury the pain may last for weeks.

Common Types of Runner’s Injuries

While a foot and ankle specialist can treat a wide range of conditions and injuries, they most often see these injuries and issues in runners,

  • Shin splints
  • Runner’s knee
  • Plantar fasciitis (heel pain)
  • Strains and sprains
  • Stress fractures
  • Achilles tendonitis

Spot the Difference Between Normal Aches and a Running Injury

It isn’t always easy to tell the difference especially during or after a workout when your body may feel fatigued or sore; however, here are some ways to distinguish between the two,

Normal Aches and Pains

  • Burning or tenderness during exercise that is minor or goes away at rest
  • Pain that appears within 1-3 days after working out
  • The feeling lasts for 2-3 days before improving
  • Discomfort is muscle-related

A Running Injury

  • The pain is sharp and persistent both during exercise and at rest
  • The pain doesn’t lessen or go away by itself or with at-home care
  • The pain feels deeper or also affects the joints
  • The pain will appear either during exercise or within the first day

Everyone’s pain tolerance is different and those with especially high pain tolerances may not recognize when they may be dealing with the beginning stages of an injury. It’s best to play it safe and if you experiencing any of these symptoms of a foot or ankle injury that you take time to rest and see a podiatrist if symptoms don’t go away.

If you are looking for a podiatrist in the Milwaukee, Green Bay, Madison, Wausau OR LaCrosse, WI, area then turn to Wisconsin Podiatric Medical Association. Our association has been helping people of all ages find the foot and ankle care they need for the last 70 years. Call (608) 381-3530 today to find a podiatrist in your area.

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