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What is anterior compartment syndrome?

Running might appear like a straightforward exercise to take up to increase your fitness. However, it is not quite as straightforward as it may seem with some scientific studies finding that up to 70% of runners get an overuse injury each year. Depending upon how bad that injury is and just how it is taken care of, many runners just give up and never continue to run. The reasons for running injury are multifactorial however they are linked to issues such as carrying out too much running too soon before letting your body to adjust to the increased degrees of activity. Bad running footwear with characteristics that do not match up with those of the runners needs will also be an issue. Issues with foot biomechanics and the running technique may also be issues at raising the probability for an exercise related injury.

An example of an injury is anterior compartment syndrome. There is fibrous fascia surrounding muscles which support the muscles in position. If this fascia is tight, once we exercise the muscle tries to expand however that tight fascia stops it. That compression within the fascia compartment might be painful. In anterior compartment syndrome, this affects the muscles in the front of the lower leg. The most frequent reason behind this condition is what is called overstriding. In this the runner is striking the ground with their leading 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 work harder, the muscles expand and if the fascia doesn't allow it, then this results in being painful. It is going to only hurt when running and won't be painful when not running. The best way to treat this problem to use techniques 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.