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What is anterior compartment syndrome?

Running might sound like a simple activity to take up to increase health and fitness. However, it's not quite as straightforward as it might seem with some scientific studies finding that up to three-quarters of runners experience an exercise related injury each year. Depending on exactly how serious that injury is and just how it is taken care of, many runners just give up and never continue to run. The factors that cause running injury are multiple however they are related to issues for example doing too much running too soon before allowing your body to adjust to the increased degrees of activity. Poor running shoes with design features that do not match up those of the runners requirements may also be an issue. Issues with foot biomechanics and also the running technique can also be problems at raising the probability for an exercise related injury.

An example of an injury is anterior compartment syndrome. There is fibrous fascia surrounding muscles that contain the muscles in position. If this fascia is tight, once we exercise the muscle would like to expand but that tight fascia prevents it. That pressure within the fascia compartment might be painful. In  anterior compartment syndrome, this affects the muscles that are on front of the leg. The most frequent reason behind this condition is what is known as overstriding. In this the runner is hitting 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 does not allow it, then this will become painful. It will only be painful 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 to ensure the lead foot does not contact the ground too far ahead of the body when running.