Running Clinic at Fitness Lab
Some running injuries are sometimes simply dismissed as minor, even with persisting pain.
Running Clinic at Fitness Lab: Our Plan is Part of Your Normal Life
Running injury? Running performance down?
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Running Clinic at Fitness Lab are a team of highly experienced sports injury specialists dedicated to helping you:
- Recover from your running injury
- Improve your running technique
- Achieve pain-free running
- Avoid future running injuries
- Boost your running performance
Individual running assessments
Our running clinic physiotherapists provide individual running assessments, which look in detail at your:
- Running technique
- How your joints and muscles move and work together
- Running history
- Current training programme
- Other exercise routines
- Running goals
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Running clinic assessment
At Fitness Lab Running Clinic London, we provide every client with a personalised programme to aid their injury recovery, which is also aimed at improving running technique and running performance.
Our running clinic analysis and assessment includes a detailed evaluation of the running injury and training history followed by a measurement of strength, mobility, alignment and movement capability.
Injury assessment is primarily focused on establishing a possible range of causes and risk factors that could lead to the onset of common running related injuries.
Throughout running clinic sessions, our running physio will build upon natural strengths and improve inherent weaknesses.
Recovery, rehabilitation and performance enhancement are the guiding principles of the Running Clinic at Fitness Lab.
Whether you are on a recovery plan from a running injury, seeking to minimise injury risk or aspire to be a marathon runner – every session is designed to motivate, encourage and empower each patient to achieve their individual running goals.
Common running injuries
Both beginners and competitive runners can suffer foot, leg and knee injuries, including overuse injuries, overload, stress fractures, irritation and inflammation, and tearing.
Our running clinic physiotherapists and specialist trainers regularly treat a number of the commonly occurring running injuries, including:
- Metatarsal Stress Fracture – causing debilitating pain at the top of the foot in line with the third or fourth toe. Occurs when the foot is overloaded, e.g. by a rapid increase in hill or speed training.
- Metatarsalgia – causes pain under the ball of the foot. Felt during walking or running, mainly when pressure is applied on the forefoot or by repetitive movements.
- Plantar Fasciopathy / Fasciitis – causes pain to gradually develop leading to foot stiffness in the morning and may also increase with forefoot running. Occurs as result of an irritation of the plantar fascia (connective tissue) under the foot running between the heel bone and toes.
- Hallux valgus (Big toe bunion) – a deformity of the big toe causing it to lean towards the second toe. Common causes include, previous injury to the big toe joint, genetics, or frequently wearing shoes that are too narrow or tight.
- Interdigital Perineural Fibroma / Morton’s Neuroma – an acute and occasionally burning pain in the forefoot or sometimes numbness or tingling. The result of nerve inflammation and irritation caused by nerve compression between the toes, most commonly the third and fourth toes.
- Fat Pad Syndrome (Heel pain) – a ‘shock absorber’ pad protecting the heel bone from impact with the ground can become irritated and compress if subjected to increased impact force.
- Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome (MTSS) / Shin Splints – causes pain along the inner part of the shinbone (tibia). Occurs as a result of muscle and bone tissue which become overloaded from repetitive activity or sudden changes in physical activity such as, a rapid increase in length or intensity of training.
- Tibial Stress Fracture – causes localised pain and swelling as a result untreated shin splints or overtraining.
- Achilles Tendinopathy / Achilles Tendinitis – causes the tendon to become inflamed (tendinitis) when over-stressed by speed, hill and jump training, and the inflammation leading to the formation of scar tissue.
- Anterior Compartment Syndrome / Compartment syndrome – typically found in runners who land on their heels. Pain is caused due to increased pressure to the sheath surrounding the muscles at the front of the leg, which may also compress nerves that run along the compartment, and cause numbness in the foot
- Tibialis Anterior Tenosynovitis / Problem lifting the foot – causes pain in the front of the ankle and leg very common in extended runs and downhill running. The tibialis anterior muscle, which runs along the front of the shin and connects to the foot via a tendon, helps lift the foot at the ankle
- Calf Muscle Tear – causes mild, moderate or severe pain in the calf – depending on number of fibres or whether a complete or partial rupture – during stretching, contraction and palpation . Occurs as result of high-speed movements like sprinting or jumping. The most common muscle injuries in endurance runners.
- Patellofemoral Pain / Runner’s knee – causes pain behind and around the kneecap, one of the most common of runner ‘overuse’ injuries. Occurs as a result of overstressing the knee due to repeated knee bending activity (squats, stairs and hills).
- Iliotibial Band Syndrome / IT Band Syndrome – causes pain on the outside part of the knee due to friction on the fascia (the iliotibial band), which occurs when the knee is bent and straightened repeatedly beyond the tissue’s tolerance.
- Patellar Tendinopathy / Patellar tendinitis – causes localised pain at the lower tip of the patella, which increases during activities, such as walking/running and going downstairs.
- Quadriceps Strain – causes pain during stretching, contraction and palpation of the quadriceps muscle resulting in the tearing of the muscle fibres at the front part of the thigh. Usually occurs during acceleration, high speed movements or sudden changes in direction.
- Hamstring Strain – causes pain during stretching, contraction and palpation of the quadriceps muscle resulting in the tearing of the muscle fibres at the back part of the thigh. Usually occurs during acceleration, high speed movements or sudden changes in direction.
Apart from thigh strains, thigh injuries occur relatively rarely during running with most pain felt in the thigh from the hip and lower back.
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