Top 4 common running injuries

1. Runners Knee                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Pain from this injury occurs on the outside of the knee joint and gets worse during running but eases when you relax. This can be caused by poor foot function. For example, over-pronating feet, unsuitable shoes or excessive training.


2. Shin Splints                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
With this injury, you commonly experience pain on the inner side of the shin during exercise and even at rest times in more chronic cases. Your training, lower limb biomechanics, flexibility, muscle strength and choice of running shoe must all be carefully assessed to determine the cause and appropriate treatment for your injury.


3. Plantar Fasciitis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
This refers to pain on the underside of the heel which often radiates down the inside of the sole of the foot. Pain is usually worse when moving or after prolonged inactivity, particularly when getting up in the morning – the first few steps can be very sore.
The most common cause of this is often the biomechanics of the foot . It can occur if your footwear doesn’t have adequate shock absorption or is worn out. To resolve this, you will need a full biomechanical lower limb assessment and advice about your footwear to ensure your feet are in the best condition they can be.


4. Achilles Tendonopathy                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
This is due to the degeneration of the tendon above the heel. With this injury, your tendon is not as strong and may rupture with continued excessive sporting activity. The pain comes on gradually and is worse when moving. The tendon is also often very stiff first thing in the morning.


Running injuries are very common as it is a popular choice of exercise. Having said that, here at Hatt’s, we can help you recover from your injury and get you moving again pain free and better than before.

We offer a bespoke treatment plan geared around your injury and your physical goals moving forward, so if you’d like to book an appointment, give us a call on 01380 730473 or use our online booking service on the website.