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: email@example.com. Alternatively, you can make an online appointment booking by clicking here.