Posts Tagged ‘achilles tendonitis’

Solihull Running Injury Clinic Podiatrist debates Runners Technique

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

Heel strike or Midfoot strike discussed by Solihull Sports Podiatrist Peter Taylor.  www.runninginjuryclinic.co.uk

The recent trend for runners to attempt to alter their running style would seem to be causing as many injury problems as it professes to save. During the past 12 months or so, here in the Atlas Running Injury Clinic in Solihull Birmingham, we have seen an increasing number of lower limb injuries (generally calf or achilles tendonitis) arising from runners deciding to, or being advised to change their natural running style from heel strike to mid or forefoot strike.

For a good while now, many running ‘experts’ have been preaching that running with a heel strike is the cause of many injuries, and is a less efficient way of running. Trying to come up with any scientific evidence to support this theory proves to be very difficult and as world renowned Sports Podiatrist and Biomechanist Kevin Kirby quotes. “I’m sure that some runners will run better with instruction to strike forefoot first, but most of the studies that have looked at running efficiency seem to indicate that the greatest metabolic efficiency for a runner is at their self selected stride”.

So does it not make sense that a runner will naturally find his/her most efficient style of running with increased training and experience rather than altering their style. When injury free, your body will naturally move in its most metabolically efficient manner. Consciously attempting to alter that will lead to an increase in metabolic cost and an earlier onset of muscle fatigue.

Research suggests that around 85% of runners are heel strikers. As speed increases, most runners will change from heel to midfoot strike and then forefoot strike when sprinting – again a natural adaptation to gain efficiency. But, for the majority of long distance runners out there training at a slower pace, mid foot striking is not a natural style of running. Therefore, heel striking is a more efficient, pain free way to run.

More running injuries are being seen by our physiotherapists because of runners attempting to alter the natural way they run.  look at our very own marathon champion Paula, how many people have suggested she should stop the head nodding I wonder?  Leave her alone and if things are not broken, stop trying to fix it!

 

Advice on running injuries can be obtained by visiting the website or booking an appointment at our Birmingham or Tamworth running injury clinic 01827 59943

 

Runners with London Marathon 2011 Charity Places face dilemma

Friday, January 28th, 2011

2011 London Marathon runners with a charity place need to make sure they do not get injured during their 2011 London Marathon training programme.  After Christmas the mileage begins to increase as you get closer to the race in April. This is where injuries tend to develop and need attention.

This is a crucial time in the marathon runners training programme and as such any running injury will set you back at an important time.  More importantly if you have raised money and have sponsors for a charity place then you need to complete the race in order to collect the sponsorship money for your chosen charity.

Running injuries are common with high mileage training and can be minor to severe in nature.  Most importantly you should get niggles checked early before it develops into something more serious.  Early intervention might make the difference between success and failure to the marathon runner.

Common running injuries include hip pain, achilles tendonitis, shinsplints, knee pain, blisters, plantar fasciitis and calf strains.  Tight IT bands, runners knee and tendonitis can all cause problems and stop you running if not treated early.

Information on running injuries can be found on the website www.runninginjuryclinic.co.uk  and the Solihull Sports Injury Clinic in Solihull Birmingham have a dedicated running injury team of sports physiotherapists,sports therapists and sports massage therapists.

Sports massage helps you recover quicker from long training runs and is an opportunity to uncover potential injuries during the massage.  Stretching is very important as is often overlooked by runners.

Prescription orthotic foot insoles and biomechanical evaluations are available for runners that overpronate and suffer overpronation symptoms.  The sports podiatrist will evaluate your gait and biomechanics and supply you with an orthotic device to correct your overpronation problem.

Birmingham runners can visit Atlas Sports Injury Clinic for sports massage, physiotherapy and sports injury treatment.  Telephone 0121 745 8792

Atlas will keep you running!