Running without injury

Running without injury Running puts a force 20 to 30 times your body weight through knees, ankles and feet. This impact can cause a variety of aches, pains and strains, especially in the legs.

A gradual increase in exercise will allow your whole body to adapt to the forces of running, which will reduce the chance of injury or chronic strains.

Appropriate footwear is essential when running and can significantly reduce the stress placed on the body. Running shoes have a limited lifespan, especially if you cover a lot of ground every week.

Allow your body time to recover from running. This can be achieved by alternating exercise types and/or planning rest days.

Understanding and managing shin splints

Understanding and managing shin splints Shin splints is a very uncomfortable progressive condition commonly associated with running.

Due to a core postural muscle weakness the tibialis anterior muscle in the lower leg will be overworked causing a chronic tensioning of the muscle-tendon unit and its associated attachments to the bone.

The tissue is then unable to get an adequate amount of nutrition, which causes a gradual degenerative process. This initially presents as pain in the lower leg during or after running.

Unless the cause of the problem is found pain intensity and frequency will increase until even walking is very uncomfortable.

A comprehensive physiotherapy assessment will diagnose the condition and pinpoint the underlying cause. This will lead to effective treatment and specific exercises to prevent recurrence.