Common Running Injuries Treated in Physical Therapy

As the weather starts to heat up more people are lacing up their sneakers, grabbing their I-pods, and hitting the road. Running and power walking outside are very popular forms of exercise and while they both have excellent health benefits, physical problems can still arise. Even running or walking a few miles per week can lead to pain in the hips, legs and feet. In this article we will review some of the common injuries that afflict runners.

Piriformis syndrome: Common causes: Improper footwear, increased millage and/or increased intensity too quickly, poor running mechanics. This is usually associated with weak hips and core. Symptoms: Local pain and tightness in buttocks with possible tingling or numbness down back of leg. Most noted during prolonged sitting.

Iliotibial Band Syndrome: Common causes: Improper footwear, increased millage and/or increased intensity too quickly. Symptoms: Usually occurs after short periods of running with sharp pain on the outside of the knee.

Runner’s knee: Common causes: Increasing mileage and/or intensity too quickly, poor running mechanics. Symptoms: Swelling, aching pain behind and/or around the kneecap. Pain with walking up and/or down stairs.

Shin Splints: Common causes: Improper footwear, lack of flexibility in calves, running on hard surfaces. Symptoms: Throbbing or achy pain along the front of the shin. Usually occurs during and/or following a prolonged walk or run.

Achilles Tendinitis: Common causes: Improper footwear, increasing mileage and/or intensity too quickly. Symptoms: Swelling, painful to the touch, lack of flexibility along the back of the lower leg close to the heel.

Plantar Fasciitis: Common causes: Improper footwear, Change in running surface, lack of flexibility in calves, increased millage and/or increased intensity too quickly. Symptoms: Deep ache and/or sharp pain in bottom of heel. Most commonly felt in the morning or following prolonged sitting.

Physical therapy can help you to return to pain-free running or walking. Strengthening and stretching of the appropriate musculature is essential to proper recovery as well as specific manual therapy to correct the appropriate tissue dysfunction. Also, a combination of RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation) and stretching at home will yield the fastest and most effective results.

So, if your running activity has been limited by pain, please give us a call for a FREE phone consultation at (610)327-2600. Also, visit our website at: Mishock Physical Therapy has 6 convenient locations to serve you in Skippack, Phoenixville, Gilbertsville, Limerick, Barto and Stowe!

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