Common Sports Injuries for Runners

Common Sports Injuries for High School Runners

If you are a runner, or your child is in high school and is running track or cross country, you and your child are prone to specific injuries that affect runners. Your podiatrist can help. The doctors at Podiatry Associates of Houston, in Houston, TX, provide comprehensive foot and ankle treatments and services, including treatment for high school running injuries. They have several convenient office locations in and around Houston, TX, including Chimney Rock, Memorial City, Katy, Willowbrook, and Woodlands, TX.

What You Need To Know About Sports Injuries for Runners

A podiatrist can help with running-related injuries. It’s important to visit the podiatrist if the injury is causing:

  • Severe pain or swelling
  • An inability to put weight on the injured area
  • A difference in your foot, ankle, or toe structure
  • A popping or snapping sound when the injury occurred
  • Tingling, numbness, or weakness in the foot or ankle

So, what are the common running-related injuries? These are some of the most common injuries for runners, which are treated by a podiatrist:

  • Shin splints, causing pain that runs down the front of the leg, next to the tibia
  • Dislocated or fractured bones, causing swelling, bruising, severe pain and loss of function
  • Tendon or ligament tears or strain, causing severe pain and instability
  • Plantar fasciitis, causing pain on the heel and down the side of your foot
  • Toenail damage, causing pressure under the toenail and moderate to severe toe pain

Our podiatrist may recommend a range of treatment options depending on the injury. Some of the most common treatments include:

  • Orthotics for plantar fasciitis and other conditions
  • Prescription anti-inflammatory medications to reduce swelling and pain
  • Assistive devices like casts and crutches to take the weight off the injury
  • Surgical treatment to realign fractured or broken bones
  • Physical therapy to help regain mobility and strength

Running-related injuries can be prevented with a few simple tips, including:

  • Starting out slowly, especially if you are in poor physical condition
  • Stretching thoroughly before beginning a run
  • Wearing appropriate footwear for running

Want To Know More?

To find out more about sports injuries runners and how our podiatrist can help, call the doctors at Podiatry Associates of Houston. You can reach them in their convenient office locations at:

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