We are all locked out of our gyms and our office work places. What better time than now to begin a bit of a health kick and get yourself moving. Bravo for getting out there in the cold winds and for committing to a new and improved you. Unfortunately, you’re a little rusty and now you’re in pain. Especially in your lower leg. What went wrong? Why is it when we try to better ourselves by being more active do we suffer from more than just a minor ache or pain? Don’t worry. Lower leg pain is a very common and typical complaint that many of our runners suffer from on a weekly basis. Irrespective of your ability as a hardened seasoned long-term runner, or your relative inexperience as a weekday morning warrior, pain in your leg can be debilitating, and demotivating which will pull you up to a dead stop if not carefully managed.
Leg pain can have a countless number of presentations, with common injuries affecting
- Achilles tendon
- Peroneal muscles
- Tibialis Posterior tendon
- The Patella Tendon
- The plantar fascia
- General ankle pain
Anyone beginning a running program or increasing training loads will place these structures at risk of injury if they are not properly conditioned or capable of supporting the increased activity.
Great advice, but how do I know if I have an injury coming on and more importantly, how did I know what is causing the pain?
Lower leg injuries typically present with pain at the immediate onset of activity, during the activity or after your run. Depending on the severity of the injury and how long you’ve been ignoring it and pushing through, the pain can also linger for up to a few days and be incredibly debilitating.
Unfortunately most of the time injuries to the lower leg are multifactorial and it is highly likely there is more than one culprit being responsible, particularly if this is a longer term injury so simply changing one thing or worse – masking the symptoms with anti-inflammatories is not a sufficient method to target the real issue. What you need to do to really get on top of the issue at hand is have an assessment of the injury from a Podiatrist and be given a targeted treatment program to address the deficiencies and dysfunction in the injured tissue.
It may be something very simple that needs to be changed or adjusted or it may be something more specific. Here is a very common list of probable and known contributors to leg and ankle pain/dysfunction
- Poor strength levels to put up with demands of activity
- Low conditioning levels
- Biomechanical inefficiencies
- Poor footwear choices
- Training mistakes
How can the Sutherland Podiatry Centre team help you?
It is absolutely essential that a diagnosis, assessment and treatment plan are implemented to ensure effective and swift injury management and rehabilitation to get you back out there as soon as possible.
Here are some of the ways your podiatrist will target your rehabilitation:
- Structured training program involving load management
- Individualised strength program targeting deficiencies if needed
- Address biomechanical insufficiencies
- Footwear assessment and recommendations
Taking a proactive and preventative approach in identifying an injury is an important step in maintenance of your overall health and well-being. When you have an injury, you are less productive and likely to be less pleasant to deal with in a home or work-place. In light of the current lockdown restrictions in Sydney and at a time where activity couldn’t be more important for the mind and body, addressing an annoying or painful injury to ensure you remain active, healthy and happy has never been more important.
See you soon,