Running Injuries Essendon & Blackburn
Melbourne Podiatry Clinic based in Essendon & Blackburn provide quality care for running injuries to residents throughout Melbourne including Strathmore, Essendon, Blackburn, Box Hill, Mitcham, Brunswick West & Forest Hill.
Runners are much more likely to develop an overuse injury than any other athletes. The high load placed through the body at each foot strike places enormous demands on the joints, muscles and tendons, ligaments and other soft tissue structures. There are such a large number of factors that can contribute to running injuries including training volume, running surfaces, shoewear, biomechanics, injury history, genetics and so on. It’s no wonder 50% of runners will develop an injury every year. With a dramatic increase in people pulling on a pair of running shoes and pounding the pavement, it is crucial we equip them with the appropriate information and analysis to prevent them breaking down with injury.
Initial Injury and Function Screening:
Our fully qualified Sports Podiatrists will carry out the initial screening. First we will want to get an understanding of your previous and current injury history. Then we will conduct a full muscle and joint assessment specific to running involving checking all relevant joints and muscle to highlight any potential weaknesses. Generally you will be prescribed exercises but occasionally some manual therapies to help facilitate better movement. Depending on the level of the deficiency you may be asked to make a return appointment in 1, 2 or 4 weeks for reassessment and/or manual treatments to assist you achieve your goal.
Running Gait Analysis:
A comprehensive running Video Gait Analysis will assess your running technique and detect any issues that may cause problems as you progress through your running program. We will assess you from behind and to the side to look at hip/knee and foot position, stride length and foot strike position. Often simple changes to your running technique can resolve the majority of running injury issues and our podiatrists can assist you making this change. Other treatments may include specific strengthening exercises, running drills, running shoe changes or orthotics.
Return To Running:
Knowing when to return to running can be the difference between an injury reoccurring or not. With a comprehensive understanding of your condition our podiatrists will put together a return to running program involving progressively loading you while continuing to work on your running technique and any weaknesses you may have. Often this will mean not having to completely stop running in the first place!
This program has been designed specifically for runners by runners. All of us here love to run and have been through exactly what you are about to go through. Not only are we experts at assessing and treating running injuries but we love passing on our experience and knowledge when it comes to all things running. Call us today on 1300 821 893 or book online below for our Running Screening and don’t let injuries stop you from achieving your goal!