Sports injuries need attention in order to heal properly. They are not uncommon and can be either acute (sprains, fractures, tears, etc.) or chronic (tendinitis, overuse, etc.)
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Some Common Walking Injuries Include:
Plantar Fascitis: The plantar fascia is a band of tissue that runs from your heel to the ball of your foot. It is a shock absorber so when the arch of your foot is strained a small tear develops and the tissue tightens causing foot discomfort. Symptoms can be pain or tenderness on your heel or the bottom of your foot. If Plantar Fascitis goes untreated it may develop a heal spur, which is a buildup of calcium around the heel. Physical Therapy and stretching can help loosen tissue and eliminate pain.
Iliotibial Band Syndrome: The ITB is a band of fascia that starts in the hip and crosses the outside of the knee. This band can become inflamed due to tightness and repetitive motion. Symptoms include achy pain on the outside of the knee that can become sharp pain with activities like running and stairs. Physical therapy helps to decrease the inflammation and increase ITB flexibility.
Shin Splints: This syndrome is caused by ischemia of the muscles in the anterior compartment of the leg and by small tears in the tissue, following strenuous exercise. Therapy can help to decrease irritation as well as balance flexibility and leg strength, preventing pain.
Stress Fractures: Stress fractures are micro-fracturing of the bone due to repetitive trauma. Common sites of stress fractures include the tibia and in the metatarsals of the feet. These fractures can be caused by stress from training, poor footwear, insufficient ROM/strength, and hard running surfaces. Following a period of immobilization/NWB (non-weight bearing), therapy helps to return the runner to their normal work-out routine.
Hamstrings Strain: More common in the sprinting athlete, a strain of the hamstrings is caused by over-stretching and tearing of the muscle. This injury can range from slight tightness/pain in a Grade I strain to a Grade III season ending rupture in which there often is an audible pop! Therapy is paramount in regaining ROM/strength to return the athlete to running.