Marsh Physio

  • Running Injury Treatment by a Physiotherapist

    Running is a very popular fitness activity and is gaining more momentum every year. Many more people have been getting involved in fun runs, half marathons and marathons since the 1970's. Unfortunately a large number of runners get injured. Most running injuries are caused by poor training techniques and increasing load far too quickly.

    No matter what your level of running ability, if you are getting injured or running with pain, something needs to be changed. An assessment by a physiotherapist who understands running and runners should help. Remember most running injuries are from doing too much too soon. All running needs to be progressed slowly at a rate the body can adapt positively to. If the human body is pushed past its level of adaptability it breaks down and that usually means more time lost from running than if you had slowed down and addressed the injuries or pains earlier.

    The most common injuries found in runners, to name just a few, are

    • Achilles' tendinosis/tendonitis
    • plantar fasciitis
    • muscle tears
    • low back pain
    • stress fractures in foot/shin/hip and more
    • shin splints
    • Iliotibial band syndrome (Runner's knee)
    • Patella-femoral pain

    In the past few years running barefoot and or in minimal shoes has been increasing in popularity and in some areas is causing debate. Research is showing that to strengthen the foot and run with a more "barefoot" style is beneficial. ("Barefoot" style means landing with your mid or forefoot first, regardless of whether you have shoes on or not.) But it is important to be aware that to transition to a more minimal shoe/"barefoot" requires a very SLOW and CAREFUL transition, otherwise this too can lead to overuse and acute injuries. There is more to changing to "barefoot" running and or using minimal shoes than just going out and running, as you would in your usual shoes, (unless, of course, you are already using shoes which are already minimal in style i.e. zero or low heel drop). If you are considering trying out or changing to "barefoot" or minimal running shoes, it is important you understand the importance of transitioning slowly to ensure other areas of the body are not going to be adversely affected by the new running style. The body always needs time to adapt to the new conditions and forces being applied to it. Advice from a physiotherapist who knows about "barefoot" running or minimal shoes could help with a smoother transition and help you understand how the body works differently shod to unshod.

    Call (02) 8970 8215 or Book Online for an experienced Physiotherapist to treat your running injury.