Long-distance running has become increasingly popular during the past decades. Many running patients pose questions to their orthopaedic surgeons regarding risks, benefits, and running techniques. This article identifies 11 running-related questions that patients may ask and provides information to help answer those questions. This review discusses data on the health benefits of running, common running injuries, the relationship between running and osteoarthritis, recommendations regarding running after orthopaedic surgery, running shoes, and other questions that may arise when treating the running athlete.
From the Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation, University of Wisconsin–Madison, Madison, WI (Dr. Spiker), and the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD (Mr. Johnson, Dr. Cosgarea, and Dr. Ficke).
Dr. Spiker serves as a paid consultant to Stryker. Dr. Cosgarea or an immediate family member serves as a board member, owner, officer, or committee member of the Patellofemoral Foundation. Dr. Ficke or an immediate family member serves as a board member, owner, officer, or committee member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American Orthopaedic Association, the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation, and the Southern Orthopaedic Association. Neither Mr. Johnson nor any immediate family member has received anything of value from or has stock or stock options held in a commercial company or institution related directly or indirectly to the subject of this article.