The three most common issues for runners are;
1. “Runner’s knee” or Iliotibial friction syndrome (ITB). This is THE most common injury to the lateral knee (21%).
It is an inflammation of the fat pad/ perosteum/distal ITB tendon. It presents as a gradual increase in pain during running, which may disappear afterwards with rest. It can also be stiff later especially with walking down stairs.
2. “Shin Splints” or medial tibial stress syndrome (MTSS)
3. “Achilles pain” or Achilles tendinopathy
Common reasons for the above issues are:
- Too much mileage too soon
- Too much speed work too soon
- Hills too often and/or too fast
- Too little recovery
- Novices attempting programmes of more experienced runners