79% Of All Runners Suffered An Injury In The Last 12 Months!
We're YOU One Of Them?
Why Do So Many Runners Get Injured?
There are 2 main factors that contribute to the high injury rate among recreational runners or joggers.
1. The Way Your Body Is Built - There is a popular saying that lite athletes choose their parents carefully! For the rest of us, that means that we must consider our body type, anatomy and biomechanics, and follow a training program that will help keep us injury-free and smashing PB's.
2. Training Mistakes - Perhaps you've done too much, too soon, too fast? Or maybe you're following the wrong program for your anatomy or biomechanics. Worse, you may not be following a program at all!
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5 Most Common Running Injuries
1. Runner’s Knee – aka Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (PFPS) is by far the most common injury affecting runners. It is characterised by pain and inflammation behind and around the kneecap (patella). Runner’s Knee is the result of complex biomechanical factors as well as instability and muscle imbalances. The good news is that it usually responds really well to physio and podiatry treatment.
2. Achilles Tendonitis – the Achilles Tendon joins your calf muscles to your heel and is responsible for massive amounts of load transfer while running. Pain in the back of your heel, or in the Achilles Tendon itself, is an indicator that it is injured and not coping with the load. Come in for treatment before it gets worse. DO NOT run through this pain without the advice of our physios or podiatrists.
3. Plantar Fasciitis – this occurs when the band of tissue that connects your heel to your forefoot becomes irritated and inflamed due to repetitive strain and overload. Feet come in different shapes, sizes and flexibility. The plantar fascia helps to maintain the arch of your foot, but too much load over time can cause it to break down. If you have pain in your heel that feels worse when you get up out of bed, come and see us for a simple solution.
4. ITB – aka Iliotibial Band Friction Syndrome (ITBFS) occurs more commonly in longer distance runners, however we have seen it affect many shorter distance runners as well. Often a result of instability, muscle imbalance and hip muscle weakness, ITBFS is typically characterized by pain on the outside of the knee that gets progressively worse with running until the knee “locks” either straight or bent. Unless the underlying cause is identified and properly treated, your ITBFS Is likely to reoccur over and over again, getting worse each time. To prevent this, come in and see one of our highly skilled physiotherapists or podiatrists today.
5. Shin Splints – pain along the shin bone (tibia) resulting from microtears of the muscles attached to the bone. Shin splints develop gradually due to repetitive overload of weaker muscles and is more common among runners who overpronate, especially if they are running in the wrong shoes on hard surfaces or uneven ground. If not treated early, shin splints can develop into compartment syndrome and even stress fractures. Early treatment with physio and podiatry will have you back on the road in no time.
Other common running injuries include:
Twisted or sprained ankle, foot injury, stress fracture, compartment syndrome, calf tear, knee pain, hamstring strain, groin strain, hip pain, lower back pain.
Our expert running Physios and Podiatrists at Cremorne Physio will diagnose and treat your running injury and support you through your rehabilitation to get you back on the road pain free, injury free and smashing your PB’s.