Running is the first activity many people turn to when trying to lose weight. But, depending on how much weight you're trying to lose, relying on running alone isn't necessarily the safest or most effective choice.

The most common running injuries

Running is an intense workout with a high rate of injury. Most running injuries occur at the knee or below, in areas including the shins, ankles and feet.

A review of several studies identified the most common running-related injuries as follows:

  • Achilles tendinopathy: Swelling, stiffness and pain between the heel and calf muscle
  • Patellofemoral syndrome: Damage to the cartilage under the kneecap that causes pain
  • Ankle dorsiflexors tendinopathy: Ankle weakness, usually seen in people over age 45
  • Patellar