Can’t run due to pain?
Wondering if that niggle is actually an injury?
Worried that you’re causing more damage?
As runners, we all get niggles from time to time. However, if you have had pain during or after running for more than two weeks, it could be a real problem.
Common questions about Running Pain
Should I rest?
Should I push through it?
Am I causing more damage?
Will I be able to keep running?
What exactly is wrong?
Will I make it to the start line?
I can tell you exactly what is wrong, why it happened, and how to fix it.
Complete rest from running is almost never needed and it is often counter-productive.
If it’s just a niggle, we’ll get you straight back out there. If it’s something more serious, we’ll make a plan to get you running as soon as possible. Don’t miss your next race. Book a free call today.
Common Causes of Running Pain
(aka Runner’s Knee)
Pain in the front of the knee with running. It sometimes feels like it’s behind the kneecap. It’s often painful to walk downstairs or sit with your knee bent for a long time. Read more about Runner’s Knee.
Iliotibial Band Syndrome
(aka ITB Syndrome)
Pain on the side of the knee with running. It’s usually a small, defined area. It’s often provoked by downhill running or walking. Read more about ITB Syndrome.
Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome
(aka Shin Splints)
Pain in the front of the shins with running. More common after a period of not running. Some runners get it every season. Can become a stress fracture if not addressed. Read more about Shin Splints.
Heel pain with running. The pain is on the underside of the foot. It’s often worse with the first few steps out of bed in the morning and hurts to walk barefoot. Read more about Plantar Fasciitis.
(aka Achilles Tendonitis)
Pain in the Achilles tendon with running. The pain is on the back of the heel (rather than the underside). Often worse with uphill running or sprint intervals. Read more about Achilles Tendonitis.
These aren’t the only cause of running pain. Gluteal tendinopathy, metatarsal stress fractures, osteoarthritis … the list goes on.
If you have pain when you run, it’s important to get an assessment from a qualified medical professional. If you’d like to talk to me about it, just go ahead and book a free call.
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