Run Run as fast as you can…

…Well maybe not that quick when you’ve got 26 miles to entertain! Unless that is you are aspiring to be the next Mo Farah. It was the inaugural Birmingham International marathon on the 15th October 2017 and congrats to those of you I know that ran it – great work! It looks like it was a painful experience for some but that warm Brummy encouragement from the sidelines will have gone a long way to helping people cross that line…fantastic or should I say BOSTIN’!

The wonderful pavements of our great second city will have played host to all sorts of running styles and patterns. So what is the ideal running technique? Bare foot, heel strike, fore-foot? That is still the million dollar question. What we do know is that you should make the most of what your natural anatomy will allow. Some people will never be able to run with a particular style if there body is not made in a certain way (thanks mom and dad!) However, physiotherapy could help to maximise your potential so you run in the most efficient way to help reduce the risk of injury as well as helping to increase your speed.

There will I’m sure be plenty of people having a sports massage┬áto aid their recovery and also enjoying the wonderful experience that comes from using a foam roller but one of the most common issues runners report is a painful or sore achilles tendon. Do you ever notice your achilles tendon feeling sore when you run or after you have run? Is it painful when you get out of bed in the morning and do you find it uncomfortable trying to get down the stairs. This isn’t normal and shouldn’t be something you put up with.

Achilles tendonitis, tendonosis and tendonopathy are all terms that you may or may not have heard of. They are all terms that form a continuum for describing the time at which a tendon becomes painful. We know that training overload, biomechanical issues and a poor running technique can contribute to the development of a painful achilles and it’s important where possible to identify this issue sooner rather than later as treating these successfully becomes more difficult with time. They can literally become your achilles heel! The key to successful management of a painful achilles tendon is in two words….”load management”. Offload in the acute phase but from a rehabilitation perspective tendons like, need and must have progressively increasing load.

If you are suffering with the above problem doing calf stretches and getting treatment on the painful part of the achilles tendon will not be the long-term fix and often can make the issue worse. Getting an accurate diagnosis and then advice on the right exercise programme is super important for getting you back up and running (excuse the pun).

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