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Common Running Injuries and Treatment

Common running injuries include shin splints, Achilles tendinitis, plantar fasciitis, and stress fractures. Shin splints cause pain along the shin bone due to overuse or wearing improper footwear. Achilles tendinitis involves inflammation of the Achilles tendon, while plantar fasciitis affects the band of tissue that connects the heel to the toes, causing heel pain. Stress fractures are tiny cracks in bones due to repetitive force. Evaluation involves a physical examination, imaging tests like X-rays or MRI scans, and a review of the runner's history and habits. Prevention includes proper warm-ups, wearing appropriate shoes, gradually increasing running intensity, and incorporating strength and flexibility training. Treatment varies but often includes rest, compression, elevation, gentle stretching, and sometimes anti-inflammatory medications or orthotics. If you are a runner who has sustained an injury to your feet or ankles, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment.

Ankle and foot injuries are common among athletes and in many sports. They can be caused by several problems and may be potentially serious. If you are feeling pain or think you were injured in a sporting event or when exercising, consult with one of our podiatrists from DeCaro Total Foot Care Center. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Common Injuries

The most common injuries that occur in sporting activities include:

  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Broken Foot
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Stress Fractures
  • Turf Toe


Symptoms vary depending upon the injury and in some cases, there may be no symptoms at all. However, in most cases, some form of symptom is experienced. Pain, aching, burning, bruising, tenderness, tightness or stiffness, sensation loss, difficulty moving, and swelling are the most common symptoms.


Just as symptoms vary depending upon the injury, so do treatment options. A common treatment method is known as the RICE method. This method involves rest, applying ice, compression and elevating the afflicted foot or ankle. If the injury appears to be more serious, surgery might be required, such as arthroscopic or reconstructive surgery. Lastly, rehabilitation or therapy might be needed to gain full functionality in the afflicted area. Any discomfort experienced by an athlete must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in West Hatfield, MA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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