Common Running Injuries

Common Running Injuries


Running injuries typically occur from the interaction of numerous contributing factors. When training loads exceed the body’s physical capacity to handle it for a prolonged period, a running injury can occur.

LOAD vs CAPACITY TO HANDLE LOAD over a prolonged period of TIME = the result of an INJURY

LOAD is the total amount of physical work completed (external load) and the body’s physiological and perceived response to it (internal load). Many other factors can contribute to load changes, these consist of psychological impacts, sleep, illness and fatigue. Recovery windows and TIME for adaptations need to occur to avoid injury. Running, training regimes and maintaining overall peak fitness can be very complex.


Common running injuries include:

  • Patellofemoral pain
  • Iliotibial band pain syndrome
  • Tendinopathy (Achilles, Hamstring)
  • Muscle strains (calf, hamstring)
  • Bone stress injuries (Skin splints, stress fractures)
  • Plantar fasciitis (aka plantar heel pain, plantar fasciopathy)


Our team at Darwin Podiatry can assist with varying methods of reducing both training loads and factors that influence your ability to handle load. Our aim is to put the right steps in place to reduce injury risk. Understanding how your feet and lower limbs function is important in treating your pain.

A biomechanical assessment is a process we undertake to understand your biomechanics. We measure foot, knee and hip range of motion and strength using a variety of techniques and instruments. Your Podiatrist will then relate these findings back to your problem and use this information to tailor a specific plan for you.

This may involve:

  • Custom foot orthoses
  • stretching and strengthening
  • laser therapy
  • shockwave therapy
  • dry needling or
  • other prevention/ rehabilitation strategies


A biomechanical appointment usually goes for 40-50 minutes and is a comprehensive analysis of your mechanics. Call Darwin Podiatry on 89419955 to book an appointment with a Podiatrist today!



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