Foot and Ankle Injuries in Runners

Phys Med Rehabil Clin N Am. 2016 Feb;27(1):121-37. doi: 10.1016/j.pmr.2015.08.007.


Foot and ankle injuries account for nearly one-third of running injuries. Achilles tendinopathy, plantar fasciopathy, and ankle sprains are 3 of the most common types of injuries sustained during training. Other common injuries include other tendinopathies of the foot and ankle, bone stress injuries, nerve conditions including neuromas, and joint disease including osteoarthritis. This review provides an evidence-based framework for the evaluation and optimal management of these conditions to ensure safe return to running participation and reduce risk for future injury.

Keywords: Achilles tendinopathy; Ankle sprain; Injury prevention; Plantar fasciitis; Posterior tibial tendinitis; Running athlete; Stress fracture.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Ankle Injuries / diagnosis*
  • Ankle Injuries / etiology
  • Ankle Injuries / therapy*
  • Foot Injuries / diagnosis*
  • Foot Injuries / etiology
  • Foot Injuries / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Risk Factors
  • Running / injuries*