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Tips to prevent and treat running injuries

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Taking each workout in stride and paying attention to her body is what Nichole Naranjo, 34, says she had to learn the hard way.

"I went to the doctor and he said it looks like I have a torn labrum," she said.

After several weeks of running in pain, last February she learned she needed hip surgery. For three months, this avid runner had to sit out and stop training for the upcoming New York City Marathon.

"I wanted to push myself but I had to stick to the program. I had to stick to the phases," she said.

Tak Fukumaga is Naranjo's physical therapist. He runs a free running clinic at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York. He deals with a lot of injuries this time of year with so many runners gearing up for races.

"We see a lot of foot/ankle injuries," he said, "tendonitis, knee pain to runners knee, hip and back pain."

He says that's because many runners don't ease into their training. Some don't have the right footwear and many don't realize the importance of downtime.

"I think the most underrated part of running is rest. Rest is probably what gets overlooked a lot of times," Fukumaga said.

Naranjo learned how to stretch her injury. She took time to build up her endurance and mileage again. Now she's ready to cross the finish line in next month's marathon.

Doctors say some of the most common running injuries are: muscle pulls, stress fractures and sprained ankles.

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