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How do you prevent running injuries or get on top a "niggle" fast? Ask our expert Physiotherapists.

Got a question for Brad and the team at Sydney Physio Solutions? Ask them in the comments section below!

 Dr Brad McIntosh and his team at Sydney Physio Solutions are excited to partner with Blackmores again for the 2022 Sydney Running Festival, helping everyone get to the line in good shape! Amazingly, this is the 11th year that Brad and his team have helped out by answering your injury prevention and management questions.

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Hi Brad,
I ran a half marathon a couple weeks ago and about 7 km in, I started getting bad pains under my toes and at the toe joint in both feet. I never experienced this in any of my training runs and it totally caught me off guard. It ended up causing me to run 10 minutes slower as the pain was so bad. My shoes aren't even that worn out so I don't know why I had that pain. I haven't tried running since as I wanted to take a little break from long distances, but I'm scared it's going to happen again for my next half marathon. Do you know what caused it and what I can do to prevent it from happening again?

HI Brad I have suffered from tendonitis in my left knee since January nothing seems to be working. Can you help ? Thanks
Hi Brad. If I squat right down or sit on my feet with my legs tucked under me, I get a shooting pain in the knuckle at the base of my big toe for a day or so after. Is there any remedy you can offer?


Hi Brad, I have a very sore glute/hamstring. I sprinted with inadequate warm up three weeks ago and it's not getting any better. I've been using heat packs. Any suggestions?
Thanks, Jennie.
Hello Brad,
On May 21st this year I had an almost complete tear of the central band of my plantar fascia (confirmed by ultrasound)...I am registered to run in the Blackmores Half...what are my chances of being able to run and then completing?? (this will be my first half...but I have done City2Surf in 63min)

I am totally pain free while walking, yesterday I returned to running 200m/walking 300m over a 6Km length without any week I am allowed to increase that to 300/200 and progress from there...(while running I am reasonably pain free for first two reps...just a tugging feeling) and after that it's fine...

I would come and see you but I live interstate...
Alyson Williams
Alyson Williams 16 Jun 2016
Hi there,
I ran the SMH half which was the longest distance I had ever run. I actually used the Blackmores half marathon training program from last year so my body was ready for the distance. I did however, obtain an injury which I didn't actually realise I had until later that day. The left side of my left foot was incredibly painful which left me limping for a good few days. I rested it for an entire week after the race, tried a short run which then made it swell a little and become tender again.

I went and saw a physio 2 weeks ago now who seemed rather baffled by my injury but came to the conclusion that it was a bone bruise (even though there was no event in the run to cause that) and also a ligament strain. I have done 2 runs this week, one 7km which I stopped and stretched about 4-5km as it started to hurt then tried a short run this morning but decided to walk only after 1km due to it niggling again. I am really keen to get training for the blackmores half but I don't want to damage it further.

What should I do? Its getting me down that I have this minor (feeling) injury but am nervous it could become worse.

Cheers, Caroline
Hi Brad
I ran the Canberra Marathon in April and hurt/tore my outside lower calf at about 21 km and kept running home in 4hrs 53. I left it and just did light running and then ran the SMH Half Marathon in May. I felt the calf hurt again at 6km and had to stop at 9km ...walked a bit...thought I was way too far away from the Finish line so ran through to the end with the sore calf.
How am I best to prepare now for the Blackmores Half?
Do I rest.. do I have physio... do I just run short distances.
Appreciate any advice.


Ann (60 age group)
I have swelling on the pads of both feet which get painful when I run. What can I do?