Running Injuries can plague us all and can be very frustrating if they are not managed correctly and efficiently. There are two types of injuries we see in runners, acute injuries and chronic (overuse) injuries.
Acute injuries are injuries that we generally sustain in a split second, i.e. a rolled ankle or a torn muscle. These injuries occur very quickly with just a certain posture or movement causing the injury. Acute injuries vary in severity, from a little twinge that will heal overnight with ice to immobilisation from 4 to 6 weeks. However all require some attention to ensure they do not occur again. If you face any discomfort or niggling or have previously injured yourself use these as warning signs that something may be wrong. Through providing timely and appropriate treatment for the injury we can help limit the damage and overall reduce the risk of it leading to chronic problems.
Chronic injuries, are commonly called overuse injuries. These are the niggling injuries that won’t go away and in most cases get progressively worse. Recurring injuries frustrate a person’s enjoyment of sport, decreases their ability to perform and, in some cases, can result in them stopping sport all together. Common injuries we see in runners are plantar fasciitis (heel spurs or heel pain), patello-femoral joint pain (knee cap pain) or Illio-tibial band syndrome. All these injuries are commonly overuse injuries and can be related to running gait, muscle imbalances/ weakness or incorrect footwear.
Common chronic injuries-
- Knee Replacement
- Shin Splints
- Pes Planus (Flat Feet)
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Stress Fracture Feet
Our team of podiatrists will be able to help you in the management, diagnosis, treatment plan, recondition and prevention of these injuries.