Larry W. McDaniel Matt Ihlers Calin Haar Allen Jackson Laura Gaudet

Abstract

This is my 35th year of running most days a year. That was correct most days a year not a week. Running is my first priority each day.  Developing a routine will assist those who want exercise to become a habit.  After I awake I drink a glass of water and a cup of coffee then my dog “Jazz” and I hit the streets for a 3-4 mile run. Later in the day, we walk one to two miles after going to the gym to lift weights. I will admit that I am very addicted to running and working out.  I enjoy the physical, psychological, and health benefits. This paper will focus on common foot injuries. There are several foot injuries that runners or walkers may suffer. Most of the injuries on that list may result from overuse.  Other problems of the foot maybe related to chronic injuries that develop over a period of time.  According to Mike Walden, a former teacher of sports injuries, sports massage, and sports science, “the average runner has between 37-56% risks of injury during the course of a year’s training.” (Walden 2005) Plantar fasciitis, metatarsal stress fractures, metatarsalgia, blisters, turf toe, and Morton’s neuroma will be the focus of this paper.

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