The biggest causes of plantar fasciitis are improper footwear choices and poor form while running. Plantar fasciitis is a condition that results from inflammation of the soft tissue that connects your heel bone to your toes. It’s most often caused by a combination of factors: a hard heel striking the ground, poor form while running, and a poorly-cushioned shoe.
Shin splints are caused by overuse and inflammation of the connective tissue that runs along the side of your shin. The most common causes of shin splints are running on hard surfaces, running shoes that don’t provide enough support, and running on the same routes too frequently. Shin splints are often mistaken for a muscle strain or pulled muscle. The best way to prevent shin splints is to gradually increase your running mileage, run on softer surfaces, and run in a shoe that provides proper support.
The Achilles tendon, located in the lower calf, connects the calf muscles to the back of the heel. It’s the tendon that connects to your heel when you plant your foot and pull your heel back. It’s also the tendon that’s responsible for pow Achilleser, jumping, and speed. Achilles tendonitis is a condition that results from overuse and inflammation of the tendon. The most common causes of Achilles tendonitis are running on hard surfaces and an injury that prevented you from stretching your calf muscles adequately.
The patellar tendon, located at the front of your knee, connects your thigh bone to your kneecap. It’s the most common cause of knee pain in runners, but also the easiest to avoid. The most common causes of patellar tendonitis are running on hard surfaces, running on the same routes too frequently, and running with improper form. The best way to prevent patellar tendonitis is to gradually increase your running mileage, run on softer surfaces, and run in a shoe that provides proper support.
Stress fractures are also called stress waves, or fatigue fractures. They appear as a hairline fracture weeks after the injury and are most often caused by overuse. Stress fractures commonly appear in the foot, shin, and heel. The first step in preventing stress fractures is to limit the amount of running. The second step is to gradually increase your mileage, run on soft surfaces, and use proper form while running.