Running injuries can affect anyone, from experienced runners who push themselves too hard, or beginners whose muscles aren’t used to running. These injuries can be extremely frustrating and impact both physical and mental health.
Most running injuries are due to a training error. This means the runner has overloaded an area of their body beyond its capabilities. These injuries generally affect the hip and lower limb, they can vary in duration and severity of symptoms.
The most prevalent running injuries are:
- Iliotibial Band Syndrome (Runner’s Knee)
- Achilles Tendinopathy
- Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome (Shin Splints)
- Plantar Heel Pain/ Fasciopathy
- Hamstring Tendinopathy
- Muscle Strains
There are many different variables that can contribute to a running injury.
- Personal factors such as age, gender, and height
- Running/training factors such as frequency, volume, and intensity
- Health and lifestyle-related factors such as the history of previous injury or obesity.
Your physiotherapist will assess you, diagnose the injury and then create the best possible treatment plan to get you back running safely as soon as possible.