Running Injuries

This information is useful for children, adults, and older adults
Why Yale Medicine?
  • We are often among the first to offer the newest, innovative treatments for all types of orthopaedic injuries.
  • Our researchers are on the forefront of developing such new treatments as platelet-rich plasma to stimulate healing in the tendons.
  • We are leaders in adult and pediatric sports medicine, providing care for all levels of athletic activities.

As a workout, running has much to offer. Runners don’t need classes, physical facilities or equipment, other than a pair of shoes, so it’s inexpensive. It’s an easy and accessible sport that can be done nearly anywhere, so it is not difficult to fit a run into a busy schedule. But there is one disadvantage to running as a workout: People who do a lot of it tend to get hurt.

In fact, at least 50 percent of regular runners get hurt each year—some estimates put the percentage even higher—sometimes from trauma, such as a fall, but more often from overuse.

“People who run, love it. But you need the right preparation to be a safe runner and avoid injuries,” says Elizabeth Gardner, MD, a Yale Medicine orthopedic surgeon who specializes in sports medicine. She recommends getting fitted for sneakers at a store that specializes in running shoes, and balancing running with other workouts like swimming or yoga that don’t involve pounding the pavement. “Cross-training and stretching go a long way toward avoiding running injuries,” she says.

Yale Medicine’s Department of Orthopedics & Rehabilitation offers expert diagnosis and treatment for all types of running injuries.