What is anterior compartment syndrome?

Running might appear like a straightforward activity to take up to increase fitness. However, it's not necessarily quite as simple as it might seem with some scientific studies finding that up to three-quarters of runners have an exercise related injury each year. Depending upon how serious that injury is and how it is treated, many runners just give up and never continue to run. The reasons behind running overuse injury are multiple however they are linked to issues for example doing too much running too quickly before letting your body to adapt to the increased levels of running. Inadequate running footwear with characteristics which do not match up those of the runners needs may also be an issue. Disorders of foot biomechanics and the running technique may also be problems at raising the risk for an exercise related injury.

An example of a running injury is anterior compartment syndrome. There is fibrous fascia surrounding muscles which support the muscles in position. In the event that fascia is tight, once we exercise the muscle will want to expand but that restricted fascia stops it. That compression within the fascia compartment can be painful. In anterior compartment syndrome, this involves the muscles in the front of the leg. The most common reason behind this condition is what is called overstriding. In this the runner is hitting the ground with their front 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 will end up painful. It is going to only be painful when running and will not be painful when not running. The simplest way to deal with this problem to use approaches for the runner to shorten their stride length in order that the front foot isn't going to contact the ground too far in front of the body when running.

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