Runners and pain. Like the very best of friends, it seems like the two are rarely separated for long. From the beginner strapping on her first pair of running shoes to a veteran jogger going for his millionth lap around the neighborhood, running injuries can happen to anyone at any time. Whether you run for fun or for competition, nobody is immune. In fact, it's been reported that around 50 to 60 percent of active runners experience an injury every single year [source: Fields, Burfoot].
Knowing how to recognize an injury early and how to treat it can keep it from getting worse and get you back on your feet fast. Likewise, knowing some of the risk factors can help you take steps to prevent injury in the first place. For example, cavus (high-arched) feet and muscle weakness are significant risk factors in injuries to your feet or ankles [source: Fields].
In this article, we're going to take a look at 10 injuries that frequently affect runners and find out what causes them, who needs to be the most careful, what you can do about it and -- better yet -- what you can do to avoid getting sidelined in the first place. Keep in mind that if you're injured and you're not sure what's wrong, see a doctor for a professional evaluation.