Running: Injuries & Illnesses


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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 others
engaged in similar physical activities), highlighting basic diagnostic and management
strategies that can be utilised.

The following eight sections will focus upon one particular aspect of running injuries and
illness, and include:

  1. History and Examination;
  2. Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome;
  3. Patellar Tendinopathy;
  4. Illiotibial Band Friction Syndrome;
  5. Shin Pain;
  6. Plantar Fasciitis;
  7. Running Illness; and
  8. Sport and Exercise Medicine.

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