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Top 10 Causes of Running Pain

Injured British middle-distance runner Kelly Holmes struggles to finish the women's 800-meter race at the 2005 Norwich Union British Grand Prix.

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When you're running, you can take up to 200 strides every minute [source: Sundquist]. Each stride makes an impact that sends forceful energy through your feet, ankles, shins, calves and knees. The force is transmitted to your hips, and even to your abdomen and lower back. Eventually, all those impacts will inevitably cause some pain. For serious runners, running pain is unavoidable; beginning or recreational runners have their own pain issues to deal with.

You can't just "run through" the pain, though. The key to managing it is knowing the difference between a temporary ache, pain serious enough to employ ice and compression, and something that requires a doctor's visit. More importantly, what can a runner do to minimize running pain and avoid the worst running injuries? We'll take a look at the 10 most common causes of running pain and how to deal with them.

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