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Injuries

Among the top 5 running injuries are Plantar Fasciitis, Runner’s Knee, Shin Splints, Achilles Tendonitis, and Blisters. Descriptions, common causes and typical treatment/prevention suggestions are below.

Plantar Fasciitis

Do I have it?

The plantar fascia is the tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes. The most common symptom is pain in your heel or on the bottom of your foot.

What causes it?

Plantar fasciitis is commonly caused by repetitive stress or overloading on the feet causing a tightening of the foot’s tissue. People with excessive pronation (the ankle rolls further inward during the gait cycle) or flat feet (low arches) are at greater risk.

Help!

Common treatments for plantar fasciitis include icing the foot, compression, and massaging of the affected area. We offer compression products by Pro-tec and the effective Moji 360 foot massager. To prevent injury, experts recommend changing your footwear every 300-500 miles or 12 months We offer a custom shoe fit process to equip each person with the right pair of shoes.

Runner’s Knee (Patella femoral Pain Syndrome)

Do I have it?

Runner’s knee is typically the presence of pain around the knee cap. The cartilage around the knee becomes irritated during or after physical activity.

What causes it?

Runner’s Knee is most commonly causes by overworking your knee. People with excessive pronation (ankle rolls further inward during the gait cycle) may be at greater risk. Other factors may include old or collapsed footwear and weakness of the glute muscles, hips, or quadriceps.

Help!

A regiment of activity to increase mobility and strength to your hips, glutes, and quadriceps may be a good place to start. Experts recommend stretching after physical activity and purchasing new shoes every 12 months or 300-500 miles. To aid in recovery, we offer compression knee support sleeves by Pro-tec and CW-X Compression outwear for Men and Women. We offer a custom shoe fit process to equip each person with the right pair of shoes.

Shin Splints (Tibial Stress Syndrome)

Do I have it?

Shin splints are characterized as pain along the front shin portion of the leg. Typically pain is present during or following physical activity.

What causes it?

Typical causes include overstress on the tibia. Other causes may include excessive pronation (ankle rolls further inward during the gait cycle). Heel striking runners may also be at higher risk for shin splints.

Help!

Treatment for shin splints, as with any ailment, includes moderate rest. To increase tissue mobility, try leg stretching and massage. Experts recommend changing your footwear every 300-500 miles or 12 months. We offer Foam Rollers by Pro-tec for massage and a custom shoe fit process to equip each person with the right pair of shoes.

Achilles Tendonitis

Do I have it?

The Achilles tendon stretches from the heel to calf. Pain or swelling in the back of the ankle and above the heel are typical symptoms.

What causes it?

Suggested causes include overuse of the tendon during physical activity. People with flat feet (low arches) or people with excessive pronation (ankle rolls further inward during the gait cycle) may be at greater risk.

Help!

As with any ailment, moderate rest is typically recommended along with a regiment of stretching following physical activity. Compression gear and heel support may assist in the healing process. Experts recommend changing your footwear every 300-500 miles or 12 months. We offer a custom shoe fitting process as well as Achilles tendon support by Pro-tec and Sorbothane heel insoles for added support.

Blisters

Do I have it?

Blisters are skin irritations that can cause fluid filled bumps.

What causes it?

Blisters are caused by friction on your skin. This can be created by your socks or shoes. Perspiration or moisture along with heat may increase your risk of developing blisters.

Help!

Preventing blisters stars with the right footwear. We suggest socks with a wicking property. Blister bands can be placed over sensitive areas of the foot where it is susceptible to friction. Having the right shoe will also aid in the prevention of blisters. We offer a custom shoe fit process, Pro-tec LiquidCell Blister Bands, and Swiftwick athletic socks.