A Reminder For Runners

Do you love running but find yourself in pain half of the time?

Do you find that you have to cut your daily runs short because you have aches and pains in all kinds of places?

If this sounds like you, you are definitely not alone. It’s no secret that for decades, runners from all around the world experience a similar set of common issues stemming from their running activity. The amount of stress and impact that running creates on the body, can be quite damaging for joints and soft tissues overtime.

We wanted to take this week’s blog as an opportunity to remind you as a runner, these problems generally fall into the 5 most common issue areas:

– Knee pain
– Ankle injuries
– Thigh and hamstring pain
– Groin pain
– Plantar Fasciitis

As you can see in the list above, the main parts of the body affected by running generally tend to be the feet, ankles, knees and hips. When you think about those body parts, it’s like a chain reaction. And as we always say, your body is very much connected. When an issue arises in one area (such as the feet), this can lead to a chain-like reaction to other parts of the body such as the ankles and knees.

If you’re a keen runner, here are a few of our top tips to try and minimise and overcome those ongoing issues yourself at first:

– Invest in quality footwear & know your individual shoe requirements
– Try to avoid running on hard surfaces or decrease time spent running on them
– Ensure you gradually increase your distances & running times (not too hard too soon)
– Know your limits and don’t ‘push through the pain’
– Stretch regularly
– Get any minor pains checked first

Measures as simple as these can be one way to ensure those minor, common running pains are attended to by yourself as best as possible. Of course, if minor pains and continual aches are left untreated, this can only make matters worse and lead to serious injury that may mean that your running days are put on hold (which is the last thing you want!)

If you feel like your running injuries just won’t go or are becoming worse overtime, our friendly team will be able to help assess and accurately find the source of your pain. Then not only educate you with tips to improve the injuries but to work on providing relief and to restore the injury site so that you can continue your love of running.

If you’ve got any questions for our experienced physiotherapists, or would like to make a booking, contact Progressive Sport and Spinal Physiotherapy today on 47217798 or email: info@progressiverehab.com.au. Alternatively, you can make an online appointment booking by clicking here.

Elin, is an alumni of St. Edward’s University and holder of a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology, furthered her academic journey by attaining a Doctor of Physiotherapy from Macquarie University in 2022.

Her passion for sports, particularly football (soccer), is evident in both her academic pursuits and personal endeavors. Specialising in the comprehensive well-being of athletes, Elin focuses on restoring them to peak performance while actively preventing future injuries.

Elin’s professional expertise is centered on musculoskeletal rehabilitation, with a specific emphasis on addressing and preventing knee injuries. Her approach integrates expert treatment with a commitment to educating and empowering patients, fostering their active involvement in enhancing their health and overall quality of life.

As an active participant in NPL football with SD Raiders, Elin brings firsthand experience and a profound understanding of the sport’s demands. Beyond the field, she extends her influence by contributing sports coverage over the weekends.

Christopher (Chris) Han graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Therapy, and then completed the Doctor of Physiotherapy program at Macquarie University in 2018. Chris is currently undertaking his PhD at the University of Sydney and Institute for Musculoskeletal Health in the field of low back pain and is due to complete this in early 2024. 

Chris is currently an assistant Physiotherapist for the NRL Referees. Chris has previous experience as the head Physiotherapist at Panthers Premier League Netball and a number of elite sporting athletes in the private setting.

Through Chris’ experiences, he has a particular interest in all areas of the body and musculoskeletal physiotherapy, sports, vestibular rehabilitation, and Men’s Health (pre and post prostate surgery).

Suzanne graduated from Western Sydney University with a Bachelor of Health Science (Sports and Exercise Science) in 2015. She then went on to continue her studies at Macquarie University graduating from the Doctor of Physiotherapy post-graduate degree in June 2019.

Since graduating, Suzanne has worked in the local Penrith area in both private practice and Sports Physiotherapy. Suzanne has worked with sporting teams including Penrith District Netball Association, Mt Druitt Rangers (NPL), Penrith Valley Figure Skating Club, and local dance and cheer schools. 

Suzanne has a particular interest in working with artistic athletes including cheerleaders and dancers. She has a professional background in both cheer and dance and has previously worked as both a cheer coach and dance teacher. Suzanne’s previous experiences are an invaluable resource to her as a physiotherapist, as she has a thorough understanding of the level of physical fitness and skill acquisition that these athletes must have in order to be successful on stage and in competition.

Suzanne’s other areas of clinical interest reside in lower limb musculoskeletal injuries, spinal pathologies and women’s health.

Nathanial graduated as a physiotherapist in 2012 which saw him work in private practice and hospital settings gaining experience in all areas of physiotherapy including hand therapy, splinting/casting, pre/post-operative care, Men’s Health and general musculoskeletal, occupational and sports physiotherapy. Since then he has gone on to complete further studies in physiotherapy enabling him to be the only dual titled Musculoskeletal, Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist in Penrith.

Nathanial has a strong background in sports physiotherapy achieving accreditation with NSWIS as a service provider and working with many elite sports teams.

Nathanial has a particular interest in working with elite athletes, complex cases and in particular assessment and management of knee, hip and shoulder pain.

Andrea graduated from the Australian Catholic University completing her Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science in 2018 and Master’s of Clinical Exercise Physiology in 2020. After graduating she attained accreditation with ESSA as an Exercise Physiologist.

During her studies she gained clinical experience in both hospital and private practice settings, in cardiac rehabilitation, neurological conditions, cancer and chronic musculoskeletal injuries.

Since working at Progressive, Andrea has a specialist interest in treating musculoskeletal injuries, helping people in the mid-late stage of rehab to get them to return to sport or work. As well as helping people manage chronic conditions such as arthritis, osteoporosis and diabetes.