It is not uncommon for runners to be pounding the pavement with a tender foot, tweaked ankle, niggly knee, tight hamstring or an uncomfortable hip. This may be common, but it is not normal. There is usually something that can be done to keep you out doing what you love while not damaging the injury further.
When you’re running you use all of your muscles, tendons and bones from your hips down. If certain muscles are not doing their jobs correctly others have to work harder to make up for the lack of work. This increased workload is usually how injuries start. This can be influenced by certain risk factors such as; age, BMI, sex, running surface, running shoes, muscle strength, foot function. The overload of force can happen anywhere in the lower limb causing:
- Foot Pain (Metatarsal Stress Fracture, Neuroma, Bursitis)
- Heel Pain (Plantar Fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, Heel Spur)
- Calf Pain (Calf Tear, Soleus Strain, Compartment Syndrome)
- Shin Pain (Shin Splints or Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome, Tibial Stress Fracture)
- Knee Pain (Patella Mal-tracking, Patella Tendinitis, ITB Friction syndrome)
- Thigh Pain (Hamstring Strain, Quadriceps Strain, Pulled Groin)
- Hip Pain (Hip flexor strain, Piriformis Syndrome, Impingement or Bursitis)
The good news is there is something that can be done! We are experts in assessing, diagnosing and treating running related injuries. We use video gait analysis to analyse your running form. We have an array of treatment modalities such as dry needling, stretching and strengthening programmes, taping, bracing, footwear prescription, foot mobilisation and manipulation, kinesio taping and orthoses therapy to reduce or remove those contributing factors. If you have a chronic injury, we use extracorporeal shockwave therapy and prolotheraphy to provoke the body’s natural healing response to improve the tissue quality.