You’ve picked up a niggle, maybe its been there for a few months. Maybe it will go away on its own? Maybe a new shoe will do the trick? You reduce your running or even stop completely; you buy some new shoes but as soon as your load increases again – guess what? That niggle is back. Have you seen a Physio? That can help – but there is so much more that can be done.
Running Science has an established Clinic which is staffed by Sports Podiatrist and gun runner Phil de Mestre. (Read about him here). He specialises in the diagnosis and management of running and overuse injuries. His passion is running and dealing with runners.
Depending on which study you look at, 50% of runners will pick up an injury in a 12 month period. Often in the shop runners come in to purchase shoes and sometimes this person is either injured and/or looking to run more. Sometimes there is an expectation a shoe will magically solve all their problems. It usually doesn’t.
Accurate diagnosis is key. Then knowing if you can run through a certain injury can have huge effects on your long-term running goals, and even other things like mental health.
If there is something limiting your running there are many things to consider.
Have you been Running too much too soon?
Are you over training? Or under training?
Have you had your Running Technique looked at?
Are you strong enough in your feet and calves?
Are you strong enough around your hips?
Are your shoes too heavy for you? Or too light?
Services in our Runners Clinic include; Accurate Diagnosis, Footwear prescription, Foot Strength Programs, Running strength programs; Running Technique Sessions using Camera Footage and accelerometers looking at Running Data such as Contact time, Vertical Oscillation, Cadence etc.
A health professional like Phil, who runs and competes is a valuable resource to help guide you to your running goals.
So if you have that niggle, don’t despair, get some guidance from a Professional Sports Podiatrist who GETS running.