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.
Having the right equipment for the London Marathon can be a great help.
Of course, nothing can replace putting in the hard yards in training. But you need to look after your body as best you can in the weeks leading up to the run. And there are certain bits of equipment that will help with that.
In our last blog, we outlined some of the basic equipment you will need for this year’s Marathon. Specifically, we spoke of the importance of good quality footwear and the right sort of clothing.
But there are other items that might help too. We look at some equipment that might come in useful for preventing injuries.