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What are the top 10 common running injuries?

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The top 10 common running injuries include the following: runner's knee, stress fracture, shin splint, Achilles tendinitis, muscle pull, ankle sprain, plantar fasciitis, iliotibial band syndrome, side aches and blisters, according to Craig Haggit for HowStuffWorks. Running injuries typically happen when a person pushes himself too hard.

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Runner's knee is an overuse injury that causes pain around the kneecap due to the cartilage around the kneecap wearing down over time, notes Haggit. A stress fracture is a small crack in a bone typically in the shins and feet of runners. A shin splint is pain in the front or inside of the lower leg along the shinbone. Achilles tendinitis is inflammation of the Achilles tendon and causes stiffness and pain in the tendon area. A muscle pull is also called a muscle strain and is a small muscle tear. An ankle sprain is the tearing or stretching of ligaments around the ankle.

Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the plantar fascia, which is the band of tissue in the bottom of the foot extending from the heel to the toes. Iliotibial band syndrome is irritation of the IT band that lies along the outside of the thigh from hip to knee. Side aches are officially called exercise-related transient abdominal pain, or ETAP, and the cause of the pain is not completely understood by doctors. Blisters are skin damage caused by friction and too much moisture and can lead to additional injuries from changes in running posture they may cause, notes Haggit.

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