Recover Faster from Common Running Injuries with our Therapy Services. 

Are nagging running injuries slowing you down? 
Unable to run? 
Niggling pain limiting your runs? 
 
From Achilles pain, shin splints to IT band syndrome, we understand the frustration. 
 
Our therapy treatments such as Physiotherapy, Osteopathy and Sports Massage target the root cause of common running injuries, promoting faster recovery and preventing reoccurrence. 
 
Shin splints, plantar fasciitis, and runner's knee are among the top complaints.  
 
Our tailored therapy plans not only resolve pain but also strengthen muscles, improve flexibility, and correct biomechanical imbalances.  
 
By addressing these issues, we help runners get back out running swiftly and safely. 
 
Experience the difference therapy can make in your running journey. 
 
Trust us to keep you running stronger, longer and faster. Book a consultation now to get your treatment started. 

Common running injuries that affect runners of all levels 

1. Runner's Knee (Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome): This is characterised by pain around or behind the kneecap, often exacerbated by running, going up or down stairs, or sitting for extended periods with bent knees. 
 
2. Shin Splints (Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome): Pain along the inner edge of the shinbone (tibia), typically caused by inflammation of the muscles, tendons, and bone tissue around the shin. 
 
3. Achilles Tendinitis: Inflammation of the Achilles tendon, which connects the calf muscles to the heel bone. It typically causes pain and stiffness in the Achilles tendon, especially during running and other physical activities. 
 
4. Plantar Fasciitis: Inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot. It causes pain in the heel or along the arch of the foot, particularly noticeable during the first steps in the morning or after prolonged periods of rest. 
 
5. Iliotibial (IT) Band Syndrome: Pain on the outer side of the knee, caused by inflammation of the iliotibial band, a thick band of tissue that runs from the hip down to the shin. 
 
6. Stress Fractures: Small cracks or breaks in the bones, commonly occurring in the shins (tibia), feet, or hips due to repetitive stress from activities like running. 
 
7. Hamstring Strain: Overstretching or tearing of the muscles at the back of the thigh, resulting in pain, tenderness, and sometimes bruising. 
 
8. Ankle Sprains: Injuries to the ligaments surrounding the ankle joint, often caused by rolling, twisting, or turning the ankle while running on uneven surfaces. 
 
9. Blisters: Fluid-filled sacs on the skin caused by friction between the skin and socks or shoes, particularly common on the feet during long runs or in ill-fitting footwear. 
 
10. Tendonitis: Inflammation of the tendons, such as the patellar tendon (patellar tendonitis) or the posterior tibial tendon (posterior tibial tendonitis), which can cause pain and discomfort during running. 
 
It's important that runners listen to their bodies, pay attention to any warning signs of injury, and take appropriate measures such as stretching, strengthening exercises, proper footwear, and gradual increases in training intensity to prevent these injuries. 
 
Seeking advice from our experienced therapists for proper diagnosis and treatment is crucial if an injury occurs.  

Effective Exercises for Running Injuries 

These exercises can help prevent running injuries by strengthening muscles, improving flexibility, and enhancing stability: 
Single-Leg Squats: This exercise strengthens the quadriceps, hamstrings, glutes, and stabilizing muscles around the knees and hips, helping to prevent injuries such as runner's knee and IT band syndrome. 
Hip Abductor and Adductor Exercises: These exercises target the muscles around the hips, which play a crucial role in maintaining stability and proper alignment during running. 
Calf Raises: Strengthening the calf muscles with calf raises can help prevent Achilles tendinitis and calf strains. 
Glute Bridges: Glute bridges target the gluteal muscles, which are essential for stabilizing the hips and pelvis during running. 
Dynamic Stretching: Dynamic stretches involve moving the body through a range of motion to improve flexibility and mobility, which can help prevent muscle strains and injuries. Examples include leg swings, walking lunges with a twist, and high knees. Incorporate dynamic stretching into your warm-up routine before running to prepare your muscles and joints for exercise. 
 
These exercises, when performed regularly as part of a comprehensive strength and conditioning programme, can help runners improve their performance and reduce the risk of common running injuries. 
 
Click on the link to a simple exercise programme you can use to help with your running. 

How we work 

At Breakspeare clinics, our team of experienced physiotherapists, Osteopaths and Sports Massage therapists specialise in treating running-related injuries. 
 
With a holistic approach that combines hands-on techniques with evidence-based practices, we strive to help runners of all levels achieve their performance goals and stay injury-free. 
 
Contact us today by calling 01993 830913, email: info@breakspeare.co.uk or go online and book an appointment via our website Book An Appointment Online | Breakspeare Clinic | Chipping Norton today to learn more about how our treatments can benefit you and keep you at the top of your game. 
 
We offer a full range of therapy services at Breakspeare Clinic I Chipping Norton 
 
We offer physiotherapy services at all our Breakspeare Clinics | Chipping Norton | Cheltenham | Didcot. 
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