The rate of injuries to the lower leg is high. The knee has the highest incidence of injury in runners. After that, the lower leg is the most vulnerable area. This is partly because of the wide variety of injuries that can occur between the ankle and the knee. We look at some of the most common including calf strain, Achilles tendonitis, and shin splints.
Runner’s foot injuries are all too common. That’s because the feet are subjected to enormous cumulative forces during a run.
Take, for example, those of you that are currently training for the London Marathon. Depending on how fast you run, you will take anywhere between 1,000 and 2,300 steps per mile. On the marathon day alone, you may take up to 60,000 steps.
You exert roughly three times your body weight with every step you take running. That can add up to hundreds or even thousands of tons of force acting on the foot.
So, first things first, if you haven’t yet invested in a high-quality pair of running shoes, it is time to do so.
But what else do you need to look out for? Let’s take a deeper look.