A recent study found that for every 100 people presenting to their GP for heel pain, only 12 get referred to the podiatrist. This is alarming as podiatrists are the specialists in heel pain. I share some key facts about heel pain based on common questions I’ve had in my podiatry clinic.
A lot of injuries occur when you start training too fast, too quick. It is important that exercises are built up gradually. Find out what conditions can affect your activities, preventative measures you can take to avoid injury and what you should consider when choosing footwear for winter.
The biggest mistake is with patients who have had long term tendinopathies. They often use the RICE principle – Resting, Icing, Compression, Elevation. However, there is insufficient evidence available that RICE for the application of ankle sprains is useful.
We know how important it is to have good footwear but not many of us can identify the signs of wear and deterioration and when we should replace our running shoes. Dead shoes can increase your risk of injury. But you can spot the signs and replace them first.
We were always taught to line up and do our stretches; this is something that was engrained into our routine. But research still cannot confirm what type of stretching is best and how long you must do it. So what does this mean for a recreational runner?
Things are constantly changing and evolving which makes it difficult to get into the habit of exercising. I was introduced to the term; Excusitis. We all use it as a barrier to stop us from exercising. I struggled a lot finding that time to exercise. I had to make some small changes to begin with.