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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 and the team,

I am currently half way through training for my first half-marathon. Running 4 days a week. Tue 5k, Wed 8k, Thu 5k and 14k this Sat. Each week I intend to bump up the Sat runs and taper off week before for the race. I started to experience issues with my left calf that now hurts when I walk and to some extent when I run. Any ideas what it may be? Or what options I can explore to resolve and or manage this?

Thanks Allan
Allan
Allan 30 Jul 2015
Hi, if I run for more than approx 10k, my left foot starts to go numb. I have tried relacing my shoes and orthotics to no avail. The shoe is very loose on my foot so not constrained. What is the usual cause for this? Trapped nerve? It's really annoying. It starts with the feeling that my sock is 'bunching' under my foot and gets worse from there and ultimately I am running on a stump and have to stop. I have also tried compression socks. Any thoughts are welcome.
Anonymous
Anonymous 30 Jul 2015
Do you have any tips on dealing with and preventing shin splints? I did the Canberra half-marathon last year and I couldn't run for 10 weeks after that due to posterior shin splints, particularly in my right leg (it wasn't overly agonising, but I didn't want to risk making it worse and getting stress fractures). I recently got back into running over the last two months, doing about 4km at the moment and am about to start the Blackmore's half-marathon training program, but I'm starting to get shin splints again. I've been reading up on improving my form, as I don't think I've really pushed too hard too quickly. Ultimately, I'm obviously doing something wrong and I would like to fix it. I have been running in minimalist shoes (New Balance Minimus) and have a mid-foot strike, for the last three years. Any help would be appreciated.
Tennille
Tennille 24 Jun 2015
What is the best thing to help with arthritis and ongoing pain I had a car accident 10 years ago and due to the injures broken femur and brocken and dislocated ankle, i have pain in my and ankle often and have developed spurs in both heels, I wear orthotics but still suffer after a day game of golf ankle ceases up and even if I have been on my feet all day the weight I have gained i would say dosnt help.
Anonymous
Anonymous 20 Jun 2015
I have just discovered a bulging dis on L3/4 impacting on S1 nerve right hand side. I am seeing a physio for exercises and relaxing the QL muscle spasms but was wondering whether I should see a chirp as well as the physio?
Anonymous
Anonymous 17 Jun 2015
I was just wondering what you would suggest as a coping mechanism if my ITB goes mid-race - you know, that whole feeling of a knife in the side of my knee pain. Should I carry a pain killer in my belt and just hope it doesn't make me sick?
Anonymous
Anonymous 17 Jun 2015
I seem to have developed tendonitis in my Achilles. Any tips on recovery and further prevention??
Anonymous
Anonymous 17 Jun 2015