Running 10km – Running Injuries
Running injuries, such as shin splints, ITB friction syndrome, and patellofemoral pain syndrome can occur at any stage of a person’s running journey. Early identification of the cause and early treatment are essential to stay on track. Physiotherapists have the skills and equipment to assess both your running style and all the elements that make it up. Often, the cause of the injury can be in a different joint, or on the other leg!
Last week I noticed 2km into my run that both my shins were starting to hurt and gradually worsening until the end of the run. Luckily, I had discussed running technique and gotten some information from David already. This meant I was able to identify the cause and take steps to address it. I found that my stride length was too long, causing increased load on the muscle at the front of the shin (ankle dorsiflexors). Decreasing my stride length and varying where I run has hit this issue on the head.
If I had ignored the warning signs, pushed through and kept running I would have caused an injury and had to take time off to rest and recover.
Common causes of running injuries include:
- Poor footwear
- Altered foot mechanics
- Muscle imbalances
- Going too hard or too fast
While you can address some of these yourself, others require assessment by a trained professional to correctly identify the cause of your running injury and give you strategies to manage it. Doing this will ensure you recover quickly and are able to get back into your running as soon as possible.
Acute injuries, like rolling your ankle, can also be assessed and managed by a physiotherapist. This can even be done before you see your GP.
I’d rather not have to include that in my running journey though.
For a full, 1-hour running assessment call us to book in on 6652 7355. For any other problems you can book online.