Are you a runner with a musculoskeletal injury that can stop you from doing that enjoyable form of exercise? If yes, this article may be relevant for you!
Running is an amazing sport that many people enjoy doing these days. Whether you are running for health, fitness or training, inside the gym or outside in nature, we all know that besides it being relatively inexpensive and convenient, it can hugely build up a person’s strength and have positive psychological benefits.
However, many runners experience musculoskeletal injuries that keep them away from their running shoes. Here I’ve put together a short list of the most common overuse running injuries that you may have.
- Patella Femoral Syndrome
Also called “runner’s knee”, this is the most common running injury that presents to Physiotherapy practices.
Symptoms may include:
- Pain in the inner portion of the knee during running or after running
- Pain with sitting for a long time
- Pain when going down steps or downhill
- Mainly aggravated with the knee in a bent position
- Iliotibial Band Syndrome
An overuse injury in runners is ITB syndrome. It is caused by repeated trauma rather than a one-time incident. Pain mainly presents on the outer side of the knee where the iliotibial band inserts.
- Plantar Fasciitis/ Fasciopathy
A common foot complaint in the running world is plantar fasciopathy which involves pain in the heel or middle of the foot. Pain is normally well-localised and often experienced first thing in the morning.
Although often not serious, continuing to run with this condition can cause more complications and additional damage to the tissues involved.
- Tibial Stress Syndrome/Shin Splints
This is a repetitive-stress injury to the shin area, mainly in the inner part of the shin. Patients commonly complain of a diffuse pain along the middle of lower leg, especially at the beginning of running. Training history may expose that a runner with this conditions has done too much running, or run too fast, in a short period of time.
Physiotherapy can help you rehabilitate as well as prevent these injuries. We are trained to keep you running and so that you can get the most benefit out of it. Click here to book online or call us today on 8555 4099 to book in for a consultation.
Written by Linh Nguyen (Physiotherapist)