Forces of up to three times a person’s body weight can be exerted upon a human foot when running. Because of the high forces produced by this activity, tissues, joints, muscles, and tendons can start to break down in both recreational and competitive runners. This is especially common in individuals who are not training properly, using inappropriate footwear, or who have pre-existing structural abnormalities or injuries that have not been addressed by a medical professional.
It is also common for runners to develop muscle imbalances and faulty movement patterns, which can lead to common running injuries such as plantar fasciitis, ITB syndrome, bursitis, capsulitis, patellofemoral pain, hip pain, lower back pain, knee pain, and foot and ankle pain.
At your first appointment, your physical therapist will perform a thorough evaluation based on your history and current presentation. We will evaluate your strength, balance, symmetry, flexibility, movement patterns, and posture. In some cases, your PT will perform a video running analysis to assist us in prescribing focused treatment and exercise to address any movement impairments contributing to pain or affecting performance.
We understand how important running is to you, and you don’t need to continue to suffer with acute, chronic, or even little annoying pains. Nor should you just accept your physician’s advice to “just stop running”. Call GPT to set up a treatment plan and start making the appropriate adjustments to get you running comfortably again!