Running has become a popular pastime in the UK over the last 30 years with the evolution of large city marathons, as well as charity and fun runs making endurance exercise a realistic and achievable target for all; regardless of fitness level. This has led to the phenomenon whereby inexperienced runners may undertake physical activity that they are not fully prepared for, resulting in increased morbidity. Musculoskeletal problems form up to 15-20% of all general practice consultations with a significant proportion attributable to running. The scope of this article is to focus on the lower limb musculoskeletal injuries and running-related illnesses experienced by runners (and other physical activities), highlighting basic diagnostic and management strategies that can be utilised.
Over the next eight days I will be uploading one mini-article per day focussing upon one particular aspect of running injuries and illness. The eight mini-articles include:
- History and Examination;
- Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (PFS);
- Patellar Tendinopathy (PT);
- Illiotibial Band Friction Syndrome (IBFS);
- Shin Pain;
- Plantar Fasciitis;
- Running Illness; and
- Sport and Exercise Medicine (SOM).
The information provided within these mini-articles is not intended to act as a replacement to professional advice but merely to provide the reader with an overview of common issues associated with running injuries and illness.