The Gazelle and I were talking about my parent’s horse today. The poor guy has a problem with his foot. I asked the Gazelle to explain to me about the problem the horse has. Once he explained it to me, I was thankful that a) I’m not a horse and b) I can talk.
The problem, he explained to me, was like having an ingrown toenail that is infected and you can’t tell people what is hurting you.
Having said all that, what are common running injuries. I am not even going to pretend I am an expert. The only expertise I have when it comes to running injuries is actually getting them.
Ok seriously, I have had some small experience with plantar fasciitis. I’m going through it the second time around. I spoke with a runner who said she has had it four times! And she is still running marathons. I have been told that I should stop running altogether. And I have also been told the just keep going, in moderation.
I’ve also had some experience with stress fractures. I remember my doctor saying to me, “But Teresa, it’s a big bone. ” I guess stress fractures don’t really care whether its a big bone like the tibia or the metatarsals.
Maybe not so common is bruised bones. I can’t remember whether this happens before or after the fracture. But this one takes longer than the stress fracture to heal.
Since I am not an expert, consult one if you have any of these injuries. A sports medicine doctor in your area might be a good start. Or if you have an ART hero like I have, he or she can help you. And let’s be thankful that we can tell them what is wrong with us and what hurts.