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anterior compartment syndrome

What is anterior compartment syndrome?

Running may appear like a straightforward exercise to take up to improve your fitness. However, it's not quite as straightforward as it may appear with some scientific studies showing that up to 70% of runners get an overuse injury each year. Depending on exactly how serious that injury is and how it is treated, many runners just give up and never continue to run. The the things that cause running overuse injury are multiple however they are related to problems such as carrying out too much running too quickly before letting your body to adapt to the increased degrees of activity. Inadequate running footwear with characteristics which do not go with those of the runners requirements will also be an issue. Troubles with foot biomechanics as well as the running technique can also be issues at raising the chance for an exercise related injury.

An example of a running injury is anterior compartment syndrome. There is fibrous fascia around muscles that hold the muscles in position. In the event that fascia is tight, when we exercise the muscle would want to expand however that tight fascia stops it. That pressure within the fascia compartment is usually painful. In anterior compartment syndrome, this affects the muscles in the front of the lower leg. The most frequent reason for this problem is what is known as overstriding. In this the runner is hitting the ground with their leading leg too far in front of the body. To lower the foot to the ground, the anterior leg muscles have to work harder. As they continue to work harder, the muscles expand and if the fascia does not allow it, then this results in being painful. It will only be painful when running and won't be painful when not running. The easiest method to treat this problem to use approaches for the runner to shorten their stride length to ensure the front foot does not make contact with the ground too far in front of the body when running.




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