Running Injuries #3 Shin Splints

There are very few people in the world of running who have escaped the pain in the lower leg that is shin splints.Shin Splints, or medial tibial stress syndrome, is a sharp pain on the inside of the leg that comes on either before, during or after running. Pain usually decreases with rest, but as we all know, runners do not like to hear the word rest. Continue reading “Running Injuries #3 Shin Splints”

Plantar Fasciitis: Don’t Let it Slow You Down!

Most Runners know someone who has suffered from the dreaded morning shock of Plantar Fasciitis. As if mornings aren’t rough enough, now you have to suffer stabbing pain on the bottom of your foot when you step down from your evening slumber.

Plantar Fasciitis is described as sharp pain on the bottom of the foot. Pain is worse first thing in the morning when you step out of bed, with toe-off, or with walking or running, and sometimes improves throughout the day.

Pain is most often caused by running too far too soon before the tissue has adapted, causing inflammation and degeneration of the fascia (connective tissue) on the bottom of the foot. Pain is often felt at the heel, where the fascia originates.  Sudden changes in footwear or training surface may also be a cause. Continue reading “Plantar Fasciitis: Don’t Let it Slow You Down!”