Running Injury #5 Achilles Tendonitis / Tendinopathy

Even the greatest warrior in the battle of Troy could not escape the pain and untimely demise of his Achilles tendon, so why should the almighty runner?

The Achilles tendon is a band of tissue that connects the calf muscles to the heel bone. Part way through the tendon there is an area that gets less blood flow. Because of this decreased blood flow the tendon is slow to heal after injury. Continue reading “Running Injury #5 Achilles Tendonitis / Tendinopathy”

The Tensor Fascia Lata…not a drink you order at starbucks!

As runners we are often told we need a strong butt. And with that comes all this talk of this thing called the TFL…? So to give some clarity on the topic of butt’s and the TFL, here is a short and sweet piece for all you super keen runners out there! Continue reading “The Tensor Fascia Lata…not a drink you order at starbucks!”

Running Injuries #3 Shin Splints

There are very few people in the world of running who have escaped the pain in the lower leg that is shin splints.Shin Splints, or medial tibial stress syndrome, is a sharp pain on the inside of the leg that comes on either before, during or after running. Pain usually decreases with rest, but as we all know, runners do not like to hear the word rest. Continue reading “Running Injuries #3 Shin Splints”

Plantar Fasciitis: Don’t Let it Slow You Down!

Most Runners know someone who has suffered from the dreaded morning shock of Plantar Fasciitis. As if mornings aren’t rough enough, now you have to suffer stabbing pain on the bottom of your foot when you step down from your evening slumber.

Plantar Fasciitis is described as sharp pain on the bottom of the foot. Pain is worse first thing in the morning when you step out of bed, with toe-off, or with walking or running, and sometimes improves throughout the day.

Pain is most often caused by running too far too soon before the tissue has adapted, causing inflammation and degeneration of the fascia (connective tissue) on the bottom of the foot. Pain is often felt at the heel, where the fascia originates.  Sudden changes in footwear or training surface may also be a cause. Continue reading “Plantar Fasciitis: Don’t Let it Slow You Down!”

Top 5 Running Injuries: #2 Iliotibial Band Syndrome

See Also: Top 5 Running Injuries #1: Runners Knee

So your running along one sunny Sunday morning, the wind is flowing through your hair and your body feels great –or does it? A sudden sharp pain on the outside of your knee starts about 5 km into your run. What the heck is that?! Your forced to cut your run short and you are NOT happy about it. The next day you try again and about 1km into your run the pain starts again and AGAIN you have to stop running, and this time you didn’t even break a sweat! Now you are really MAD!  WHAT IS THIS PAIN?!

Iliotibial band syndrome or “ITBS” is cited as the second most common running injury (Tucker 2009) and is experienced as a burning or aching pain at the hip or outside of the knee. Pain increases when the knee is bent or straightened, going down stairs, or at a specific point during a run. Pain often decreases or goes away after a run. Continue reading “Top 5 Running Injuries: #2 Iliotibial Band Syndrome”

A Physiotherapist’s Perspective on Barefoot Running

Crazy runners or cutting edge scientists? As a physiotherapist I am very skeptical about new trends in the world of running. So when I started hearing about a whole new breed of runner trotting along on the soles of their feet, naturally I raised an eyebrow or two. I mean what the heck is with these people? Barefoot? Shoes with toes? Really? Over my running career I have spent thousands and thousands of dollars on good quality footwear, and orthotics assuming these were helping to reduce impact and my risk of injury, so when I learned what research was saying about the impact of my footwear choices I was more than a little shocked! So here is what the research, not just that crazy barefoot guy, is saying about barefoot and minimalist running!

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Top 5 Running Injuries: #1 Runners Knee

See also: Top 5 Running Injuries: #2 Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITBS)

What is it?

Patellar femoral pain syndrome (PFPS), or “Runners knee” is the number one cited injury for runners (Tucker 2009).

Experienced as mild to severe pain at the base or behind the kneecap, this condition is often accompanied by a grinding sensation. Runners complain of pain with running, climbing  or descending stairs, bending the knee, or prolonged sitting. Pain usually occurs at a specific distance or time during a run but as the condition worsens pain can occur earlier in your run, post run, or even at rest.

So great, I know what I have, but can I run through it? Continue reading “Top 5 Running Injuries: #1 Runners Knee”

Running Injuries 101

If you run to win, if run to lose (weight that is), if you run to belong, or you simply run because it is what you have always done. Whatever your skill level, whatever your goal, there seems to be no escaping it.

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Injuries are what separate those who can, from those who cannot. We’ve all had a season when all our hard work and calculated planning seems to blow up in our face.  And when we do, we look back over our training and wonder, “where did I go wrong?” Continue reading “Running Injuries 101”