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Common Running Injuries that Physical Therapy can help with

May 4, 2021 – As the weather warms up, many of us are trying to be more active outdoors. Some are engaging in running. At this time of year, the end of track & field season and “fun run” season is upon us. Currently, we are seeing an up-tick in activity for those training for fun runs, marathons and the peak of track season. This year is different from others as sports and fun-runs were cancelled or made virtual, and many had a year off from these usual activities. Now, more than ever, overuse injuries from running and other track events are emerging due to last year’s lack of activity.

Below is a list of some common running conditions that physical therapists help treat:

  • Achilles tendon injuries
  • Female athlete triad
  • Groin strain
  • Shin splints
  • Hamstring injuries
  • Calf strain
  • Iliotibial band syndrome
  • Knee pain
  • Patellofemoral syndrome
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Peroneal tendinopathy
  • Lower extremity stress fractures
  • Stress induced urinary incontinence

Physical therapists are movement experts who are trained to educate people on treatment and prevention of injury. This can include shoe, brace, and compression garment selection to fit the needs of the individual. Other preventative measures include proper strength training plans to prep the right muscles for prehab. Treatments for sustained injuries can include those previously mentioned as well as soft tissue mobilization, taping, and various modalities for pain relief and control. Strengthening and stretching are also important for improving injuries. If you are experiencing any injuries, are injury prone, or would just like to prevent future injuries please contact your local physical therapists at Witte PT to schedule an appointment and learn more about what we can do for you!

 

Sources:

https://www.choosept.com/running

https://www.yalemedicine.org/news/marathoners-prehab