Running Injuries


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The Runners Gauntlet – shin splints, runners knee, ITB, planter fasciitis to name a few….

Its cheap, easy and cheerful – RUNNING – apparently quite addictive once you get into it and easily mobile – come rain, hail or shine you can get out and about wherever you are and get active – and if the outside world is against you due to inclement weather there is always the treadmill.

We don’t give a thought at this stage to running injuries that may occur.

But at what cost? Most of us would think twice about getting into a new gym program or starting a new exercise regime – we’d book a session with the gym, get oreinteted and learn safe use of the equipment before we start. Likewise getting into a training program with a personal trainer – we’d get an assessment and learn the best way to go about exercises.

Running? How about we download an app and then just head out – maybe we’d look at our running shoes but most of us would just “start”. Come a couple of weeks later when we get knee, ankle , shin or back pain – we might have a re-think.


Why do we not look at this – the easiest form of exercise there is  to “just start” with the same risk?



Being prepared –

  • not done any exercise recently – get a doctors clearance
  • listen to your body – start slow and build up
  • get any niggles seen to – they ay develop into full blown injuries
  • invest in good shoes and equipment – liken your body to a car – you need to have had a good tune up for it to run smoothly – think of your legs as the “wheels” poor alignment and you are doomed to injury…

Remember – running can pace up to 7 ties your body weight in stress through your joints





This is pain that occurs down the inner and or outer shin area of the lower legs – its may start as a slight pull or ache on running, but if left untreated or managed can develop into a stress fracture of the tibia.



pain along the outside if the knee joint – sometimes associated with a click – painful on running and eventually even on walking. Usually associated with tight lateral structures of the knee.


ITB Syndrome

Iliotibial Band Syndrome – a pre cursor to Runner’s knee – a tight ITB can mead to mal tracking of the knee cap, anterior knee pain, lateral knee pain and lower leg torsion issues – basically put – it causes strain on the leg and knee resulting in pain and ultimately in runners knee.



Pain under the foot – mainly associated with heel pain (or heel spurs) and pain under the inside arch – its typically worse first thing in the morning and feels better once we warm up.


ALL of these issues are what are deemed – BIOMECHANICAL – that means its the way we hold our bodies or posture that cause the problem – again that wheel analogy:

If you have a car wheel that is unbalanced – it places stress and strain on the surrounding structures – one side of the wheel starts to get worn down and “niggle”. we may have slight discomfort that doesn’t cause us major issues until one day – the tyre bursts or we develop an “injury” that prevents us from training.


A SERVICE to our body or BIOMECHANICAL check could be what is required – this will outline what structures are under stress or at risk of injury so we can prevent rather than deal with them when they become problematic.

Foam Rollers have become far more common – people are using them to release tight structures and “re-align” their bodies. But we really need to know why we are using them –

Also – have you had recurring injuries – knee pain, shin splints etc – if you just get the symptoms sorted out and go back to running or training without getting “re-aligned” then you will get recurring problems as the key source has not been dealt with.



  • get a full biomechanical assessment to check your alignment and identify areas of risk
  • invest in good supportive shock absorbancy based shoes
  • get the right equipment for the job
  • beware of putting in your orthotics – especially if they haven’t been checked for years!
  • build up gradually



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About Saree Hewlett (135 Articles)
Saree has 20 + years as a physio, training in the UK and completing her Masters in Manual Therapy in Perth, UWA. She has integrated Pilates into her practise having trained in the Polestar method and currently owns and runs two Studios in Perth's Northern Suburbs. A previous international Artistic Skater she understands the needs of sports people and also those suffering from chronic pain and reduced function - we all want the same thing - to be the best we can be! She is married with two active young boys!

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