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3 Common Running Injuries April 1, 2020

Andalusia, Covington
3 Common Running Injuries, Andalusia, Alabama

Because running is a high-impact sport, runners are prone to several injuries to legs, ankles, and feet. Fortunately, rest and physical therapy can address these common conditions. Here’s what you should know about three injuries runners frequently experience.

What Causes Injury to Runners?

1. Shin Splints

Pain along the shin—on the front of the lower leg—is referred to as a shin splint. Splints are commonly experienced by runners who have flat feet and are often triggered by sudden shifts in running distance and intensity. Typically, the pain spreads out along the bone, but a splint may feel similar in sharpness to a stress fracture. If you develop a shin splint, rest the muscles and gradually incorporate some gentle stretching exercises to allow for proper healing.

2. Ankle Sprains

physical therapyRunners may also accidentally roll or twist a foot inward while training or racing. An ankle sprain occurs when the ligaments surrounding the ankle tear or stretch. Many runners seek relief from sprains by adopting the RICE method—rest, ice, compression, and elevation.

3. Runner’s Knee

Runner’s knee refers to a number of different conditions that cause pain in and around the patella (kneecap). The pain associated with this injury is the result of cartilage on the kneecap wearing down from overuse or misalignment. Runner’s knee sufferers generally have difficulty bending, squatting, and ascending or descending a staircase. To help your knees stay healthy and strong, work with your physical therapist on stretching and strengthening the quadriceps.


If you’re a runner who needs physical therapy, trust the rehabilitation professionals at Physical Therapy of Andalusia in Covington County, AL. With 39 years of industry experience, our team is equipped to manage a variety of ailments with proven pain management techniques. Whether you’re suffering from athletic injuries, on-the-job mishaps, or chronic pain, we’ll help you improve mobility and restore your quality of life. To schedule an appointment or inquire about our services, give us a call today at (334) 222-5785, or visit us online to meet the team.

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