Posts Tagged ‘podiatrist’

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!

Atlas Solihull Birmingham Running Sports Injury Clinic can be found on “Runners World” website

Friday, January 8th, 2010

Lichfield 10k

Runners World UK website now has the Atlas Running Injury Clinic from Solihull Birmingham listed under the Runners Rescue heading.

Atlas have recently launched a new website of their own www.londonmarathon-runninginjuryclinics.co.uk in support of the Virgin London Marathon runners.

Runners who have London Marathon Charity Places, running for charities or are running to complete a personal challenge can all access the website for free and take advantage of marathon training tips and advice as well as obtaining marathon training programmes.

The website aims to provide local sports injury clinics with the opportunity to register on the website for free and assist the Marathon runners with their running training injuries.  Clinics that offer prescription orthotics for runners can also register.

Atlas treat runners from all over the UK and runners from the Lichfield area who run the Lichfield 10k race are local to the Tamworth, Staffordshire Clinic. The Birmingham half marathon is a local run that is supported by the Solihull Birmingham Clinic.

Visit our running injury website www.runninginjuryclinic.co.uk

Welcome to Solihull Running Injury News

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

atlas-sports-injury-clinic-hall-green-birmingham-smallSolihull Sports Injury Clinic launch new Running Injury website which gives information and help to runners.

Marathon runners training for long distance races can now get help at both Solihull Birmingham and Tamworth Staffordshire Clinics.

The new Running Injury Clinic is staffed by experienced runners who are sports physiotherapists and a sports podiatrist so you know you are in good hands.

Please visit the website www.runninginjuryclinic.co.uk and view the testimonial video along with information pages on common running injuries.  Appointments can be booked by phoning 01827 59943