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

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Hi Brad, I was diagnosed with mild hip chondrosis a few weeks ago. As recommended by a sports physician, I took a few days off training and decreased mileage sensibly. I’m currently running half the mileage I used to run and cross-training. I do MYRTL routines to strengthen my glutes and noticed a bit of clicking lately. Should that be a concern and what would you recommend to speed up recovery?
I have just fractured my ankle 3 weeks ago after falling on a run, can I still complete a marathon in September?
Hi Brad . I’ve been following the online training for the 10km this weekend. After my run on Saturday I have pain to my left outer knee and a general ache in my quad on same side. I’m hesitant to train anymore this weekend just incase I have something brewing.... what do you advise? TIA
Hi Brad, Hope you are well. I am training for the half marathon and just this week I have been getting a full ache in the heel of my foot. When I run I run heel toe. However I am not sure this is the correct and durable way to run. I use to be a sprint runner and have now moved into long distance so I am very new to this style of running. Do you know what I should do to fix this? Looking forward to hearing from you. Thank you and kind regards, Kate
Hi Brad, I have been training for the full marathon and have been following an online training plan, doing 3x short runs in the week and 1x long run. Recently, i have felt a dull ache on the front part of my right ankle which only came up when I ran, so have scaled back on my running. However this ache has flared up into a sharp pain for every 2nd or 3rd step when I walked. This is concerning being so close to the marathon and I am still keen to run the marathon. I understand rest for my ankle is the best but being so near to the marathon, should I stop running the next few weeks till the race day and do more stretches/rehab work? Thanks in advance!
Hi Brad. I am training for the half marathon and over the last couple of months I have increased my running kilometres and cut back on my regular exercise routine - HIIT, interval running, strength training. A few weeks ago I experienced pain towards the end of a 10km run and it persisted for a week later (I took two weeks off running). The pain ran from the inside of my right hamstring downwards, along the inside of my knee and into my calf. I would describe the pain as a sickly, uncomfortable pain where any twisting or bending would be really painful. I have the pain on and off now, and it tends to come on towards the end of a long run and then I notice it subtly the next day. I haven’t run more than 12km. I read a little bit about it and I think it may have something to do with weakness in my hips and overuse? My right hip always gets sore, after any training so I have been trying to incorporate hip strengthening exercises but I’m not sure how much of this is helping or if I’m doing enough. Can you suggest what the injury might be and possible management? Thanks a lot.
Katie Olivares
Katie Olivares 14 Aug 2019
Hi there, I am currently training for the Sydney 1/2 marathon. I have done a few Marathons and halves over the years. My problem is I am getting cramp in 2 of my toes on my right foot when I usually am 12kms or further into my runs. I am also getting numbness in my left foot as well. I have researched these and dehydration is one thing that may be the cause. I did my long run of 18kms on the weekend and struggled the last 4kms. I have to stop with the cramp and raised may foot for a few seconds or longer, then carry on. The numbness I just put up with and carry on. I have good shoes and these are the ones that the podiatrist suggested and I have used for years. Your help with this would be very much appreciated. Thank you, Helen (from NZ)
Hi Brad. I’ve had gluteal amnesia in my right glute for 6 months. No exercise seems to activate it. The bottom of the glute where the butt crease meets the upper leg sags. There’s no pain. If I run, the quads, hamstrings and calves do all the work and are sore the next day. It happened after inflammation of the hamstring where it attaches to the pelvis. After 8 weeks the upper hamstring healed, but the glute expanded and was left sagging. Is there an injection or anything else I can do to stimulate the glute? Many thanks, Ken.