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The 8 Most Common Running Injuries

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About running injuries

If you’re like many runners, you may be logging hundreds or even thousands of miles per year. The repetitive impact of all those foot strikes can take a toll on your muscles, joints, and connective tissue.

According to a 2015 review of studies.

, the knees, legs, and feet are the most common injury areas for runners. The review breaks down the location-specific incidence of running injuries as follows:

  • Knees: 7.2 to 50 percent
  • Lower leg: 9.0 to 32.2 percent
  • Upper leg: 3.4 to 38.1 percent
  • Foot: 5.7 to 39.3 percent
  • Ankles: 3.9 to 16.6 percent
  • Hips, pelvis, or groin: 3.3 to 11.5 percent
  • Lower back: 5.3 to 19.1 percent

Let’s take a closer look at some of the most common injuries that affect runners.

1. Runner’s knee (patellofemoral syndrome)

Runner’s knee, or patellofemoral syndrome, is a general term that refers to pain in the front of your knee or around your kneecap. It’s a common overuse injury in sports that involve running or jumping.

Weakness in your hips or the muscles around your knee can put you at a higher risk of developing runner’s knee.

Runner’s knee can cause pain that:

  • is dull and can be felt in one or both knees
  • ranges from mild to very painful
  • gets worse with prolonged sitting or exercise
  • gets worse when jumping, climbing stairs, or squatting

This type of injury may also cause cracking or popping sounds after prolonged periods of being stationary.

A doctor can often diagnosis runner’s knee with a physical exam but may recommend an X-ray to rule out other conditions. A physical therapist can give you a specific treatment plan to treat a runner’s knee injury.


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