With the London Marathon only six weeks away and the sudden infiltration of panic-struck entrees knocking at my practice door, I thought it may be both helpful, and topical, to write a quick blog discussing the top 10 most common running injuries. And, in case you fall victim, or just fall over, I’ve added my top tips for managing each condition.
Imagine the scene; an elite athlete at full stretch suddenly comes to a halt, clasping the back of their thigh – their face etched with shock, agony and disappointment. A team of physios helps the limping casualty away from the pitch or track… unless you’re Derek Redmond of course, and your dad’s a bit of a pushy parent…
We can all guess the cause, a typical hamstring strain, or maybe a ‘pulled’ or ‘torn muscle’. These terms come from the mechanics of this type of injury – the hamstring being forcibly..
I see a lot of people who tell me they’ve ‘pulled a hamstring’ – it’s a common enough condition – and in most cases they’ve self-diagnosed accurately. But beware, that pain may not be all it seems.
There is another condition called hamstring tendinopathy which might feel similar, but is clinically a very different problem. In order to apply the most suitable management strategy, it’s important to get an early, accurate diagnosis.
A sportsman’s nightmare… a dodgy tackle, a patch of uneven ground, an awkward landing or maybe just a few too many Proseccos in your favourite pair of high heels. Whatever the cause, the outcome is usually long-lived and less than favourable for the affected party.
The most common form of ankle trauma, accounting for around 90%, is caused by rolling over the outside of the foot; this is referred to as an ‘inversion sprain’ and so, this will be the topic of discussion today. The injury is characterised as damage to..