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How do you prevent running injuries? Ask our expert Physiotherapists.

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

Dr Brad McIntosh and the team at Sydney Physiotherapy Solutions have partnered with Blackmores again for the 2018 Sydney Running Festival.  This is the 8th year that Brad and his team of experienced running Physiotherapists have helped out by answering your injury prevention and management questions.

Sydney Physiotherapy Solutions is a group of leading Physiotherapy clinics, based in the Sydney CBD and Chatswood.



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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?
Geoff 30 May 2016
Congratulations on completing the half! Stretching and ice post run is always a good idea and I would say 2 weeks rest is enough for most people. It is different for everybody so just see how the knee's settle over the next few weeks and go from there. Then its a case of gradually building back up again in terms of distance. I hope this helps

Tanya Bowden
Brad 25 Sep 2015
Hi, I completed the half marathon on Sunday and am a little stiff and knees a little tender. I stretched after the race and have been reading since Sunday morning. How many days is an ideal rest period after the half before I go for a run again or play a game of Squash? I understand it'll be different for everyone, but what would you recommend to average person? Thx
Anonymous 22 Sep 2015
Hi Dr. Brad - After running a couple of kilometers I start to get pains in my shins just above my foot, and I used to be able to walk and stretch and they would go away eventually. Now the pain seems to take longer to go away. Could you recommend some stretches for these muscles as this seems to help. Thanks!
Anonymous 14 Sep 2015
Hi there - I have very tight and sore hamstrings. As its only one week till the marathon what is your recommendation for training this week and treatment.

Thanks, Liz
Hi there,

I'm training for the Bridge Run and I'm getting a tight / painfurl feeling in my hips when road running but not so much when running on a softer surface. Do you have any suggestions for how to avoid or reduce this?
Thanks, B
Anonymous 10 Sep 2015
Hi Brad

I am training for the full marathon and have been going well.
The problem is now that i am doing distances above 25km i get very sore knees.
I bought some arch inner soles which worked on my left foot but seem to push my right foot up to much and is uncomfortable on the outside of my knee.
Any advice on a inbetween solution?
Anonymous 04 Sep 2015