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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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 Dr Brad McIntosh and his team at Sydney Physio Solutions are excited to partner with Blackmores again for the 2020 Sydney Running Festival, helping everyone get to the line in good shape! Amazingly, this is the 10th year that Brad and his team have helped out by answering your injury prevention and management questions.

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Hi Brad, I fell onto a grass ground on my right knee while playing softball in April. My knee does not look swollen and there is only slight pain on palpation. I did have some issues in straightening my leg and walking on flat grounds for a few days but the range of movement of my knee is totally fine now and I still feel the pain in my right lateral part of my knee while walking stairs, especially when I walk down. I am wondering if there are some problems with my ligaments or even lateral meniscus. Are there something that I can do at this point to confirm the diagnosis or to make sure that my injury won't get more serious? Thanks in advance!
Hi Brad, I am in the middle of recovering from a grade 2 hamstring tear which has left me with alot of aching pain (almost 6 weeks out of commission with my usual running routine). I have also had a chronic groin injury that has never really gone away for almost a year. I am seeing a chiro at the moment who is working my hamstrings with dry needling and also some deep tissue massage along with strenght re hab work.. I'm just starting to run again a whooping 6km LOL. interval running 2 mins on 30 seconds brisk walk twice a week along with 1000m pool swim once a week.. What would you suggest as the best way to treat an injury that isn't really going away. Although better not totally recovering. Considering I have city to surf coming up in august and the half almost 4 weeks later. Any and all suggestions welcome. thanks so much. Maria
Hi Brad I have around the inner aspect of me left heel. I believe it’s plantar fasciitis. Would you be able to provide me with some suggestions please. It’s quite painful and has stopped me from training for nearly 3 weeks. Also, if you would be able to provide some taping or strapping techniques that would be great. Thank you Zu
Hi Brad I have pain around the inner aspect of my left heel. I believe it’s similar to plantar fasciitis. Would you be able to provide some suggestions as I am unable to run due to the pain and am missing out on training. Also, if you could guide me with some taping techniques that would be great. Thank you Zu
Hi Brad, I was wondering if there is anything that would help out cramping that i have found hits me at almost the same point during a marathon. At about the 37km to 38km mark I can feel my left quad start to cramp up and this has happened more than a couple of occasions. Fluids and electrolytes is always up so firstly is there any other preventative methods such as physical training and secondly at the time of onset is there anything i can do or use to help alleviate it? Thanks in advanced, Eddy
Hi Brad I have a two part question. Firstly last night while running i felt soreness is my front inner groin which is twice as sore today. When i try lift my leg off the ground i can feel pain in the groin. How long should i allow rest before thinking of running again? Secondly i have been diagnosed with an impinged tendon in my shoulder which just recently has become more frequent with pain on a regular basis. Will certain exercises or stretches help improve the issue or is it some thing i have to live with? Paul
Yesterday was my 6th half, this year and in total. Around the 17km mark, my right knee niggled. I've never previously had pain in this knee.
Today, it's unbearable to bend. The pain is on the outside/right side. Weight bearing is fine, but bending is awful - even worse is reopening after bending. It's slowly been getting better as the day progresses. My GP has recommended a zimner splint but I am unsure whether immobilizing it is the right idea.
Would love your thoughts :)
Last year was my second Blackmores half-marathon. I had to quit around at 11k with bad hip pain. Since then, a lot of my runs (including this year's City2Surf) have ended with me limping the last few km because of pain. My last long run yesterday ended just at 7k. I'd like to finish this year, and get treated for bursitis properly, but how can I get through this half-marathon in 2 weeks?