Running is associated with many injuries including repetitive stress, pulls and strains. However nothing will stop a steadfast runner from staying the course and continuing to remain focused on their goals and health. Here is an overview of the most common injuries runners face that Ottawa physiotherapists treat the most often:
Runners knee results over time as the kneecap cartilage wears down. It is most noted when you go up or down stairs, squat or sit with your knees bent for long periods of time.
Stress fractures occur when a small crack in the bone appears, usually when you are working your body too hard. This will affect your shins and feet. Pain will worsen with more activity and therefore rest is required.
Shin splints cause an annoying pain along the shin and are very common for people with flat feet. If you change your workout or even increase the distance you run or how often you run shin splints can occur. Physiotherapy & rest is a must when you suffer from shin splints or the pain will just worsen. Stretching and less activity following initial rest will also help.
Achilles tendonitis is the inflammation of the tendon that attaches your calf and heel. It can cause pain and stiffness upon waking as well as during activity. It is considered a repetitive stress injury and is often a result of running hills & farther distances. Rest, ice and stretches will help alleviate the pain.
Muscle pulls are small tears usually caused by overstretching. You may even feel it happening with a popping feeling in your leg. Good old fashioned R.I.C.E: rest, ice, compression and elevation are required for healing, followed by treatments and a specific home exercise program prescribed by Ottawa physiotherapists.
Ankle sprains occur when you twist or turn over on your ankle. They too require R.I.C.E to allow healing. Physiotherapy will also help prevent recurrent sprains.
Plantar Fasciitis is an inflammation at the bottom of the foot where a thick band of tissues reaches from toe to heel. If you have high arches you may be more prone to plantar fasciitis. Custom orthotics by an Ottawa physiotherapists can help alleviate the pain.
All of these injuries can be treated with the help of Ottawa physiotherapists who can set you on a course of recovery as well as assist in helping you avoid further injuries. They can share appropriate stretches and daily exercises to help keep your muscles toned and prepare them for your run, which will aid in your performance, balance and endurance.