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7 Most Common Injuries in Running Marathons – Know How to Avoid Them

7 Most Common Injuries in Running

7 Most Common Injuries in Running


Read more details below on each and every injury and find out ways to prevent running injuries.

1. 32% of Running Injuries Are Due To Pulled Muscles

Pulled Muscle

Pulled Muscle – Photo Credits:

A pulled muscle is also known as muscle strain which is an injury to a muscle or tendon in which the muscle fibres tear as a result of overstretching, when a similar situation happens to our ligaments, this is then called a sprain.

2. 30% Knee Injury

Knee Injuries

Knee – Photo Credit: Fitness for Rugby (

Two main parts of your legs are separated at a joint and imagine all the stress it receives for every run, jump, and almost any body movement when in motion.  With so many moving parts, the knee is known for a variety of possible problems. Anterior Cruciate Ligament  (ACL) injury, Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) injury, torn meniscus, fractures, ruptured tendon and more. I have personally experienced having torn ligaments and also a dislocated patella which has hindered my performance in most sports. Knee strengthening and stretching is definitely important to avoid injuries like these.

3. 26% Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Faciitis

Plantar Faciitis – Photo Credit: Foot & Ankle Doctors, Inc. (

I know, the spelling is weird. Don’t even make me pronounce it. Plantar fasciitis or PF is an inflammation of the plantar fascia and is definitely painful. This is where at the bottom surface of the foot, the connective tissue on the sole is overused by all that running. Don’t ask me why but this is also called the policeman’s heel. Bear this in mind because this is a common condition and if you see signs of it, get it checked up right away because it can be a bit difficult to treat if not diagnosed properly.

4. 20% Iliotibial Band Injury

Iliotibial Band Syndrome

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Iliotibial Band Syndrome or ITBS is one of the leading causes of lateral knee pain in runners. The iliotibial band is a superficial thickening of tissue on the outside of the knee, extending from the outside of the pelvis, over the hip and knee, and inserting just below the knee. The band is crucial to stabilizing the knee during running, moving from behind the femur to the front while walking.

5. Achilles Tendonitis

Achilles Tendonitis

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Achilles tendonitis is a condition of irritation and inflammation of the large tendon in the back of the ankle. Achilles tendonitis is a common injury that tends to occur in recreational athletes. Overuse of the Achilles tendon can cause inflammation that can lead to pain and swelling. By the way, this is not to be confused with achilles tendinosis, which is totally something else.

6. Shin Splints

Shin Splints

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Shin Splints are also called Medial tibial stress syndrome, or tibial periostitis. Sounds complicated.  This commonly affects athletes who engage in running sports and is characterized by pain in the lower part of the leg between the knee and the ankle. Some might consider this as some normal type of muscle pain and just needs some massage to get it fixed. It’s probably better to get a professional to check it out. Find a good doctor to see if you really have shin splints because shin splints are repeated trauma to the connective muscle tissue surrounding the tibia, if you continue to ignore this, it may result into a stress fracture of the bone which is way more serious than the Shin Splints.

7. Stress Fracture

Stress Fracture

Stress Fracture – Photo Credit: British Journal of Radiology

Finally we reach the end, last but not the least,  a stress fracture is one type of incomplete fracture in bones caused by unusual or repeated stress and also by carrying heavy continuous weight on the ankle or leg. It could be described as a very small sliver or crack in the bone; this is why it is sometimes dubbed “hairline fracture”. This fracture is often associated with many sports.

How do we avoid all these runner injuries?

Cheap Sally release a great inforgraphic about this and below is a copy of the infographic along with some of the ways to avoid these injuries in the future. Take a close look at this as you train for your next marathon.

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