A few weeks ago I assessed a runner who had pain on the outside of their knee following a marathon. He wanted a second opinion as treatment so far had not helped.
He ran regularly and had completed several marathons over the years. His pain was worse with running or sitting.
A diagnosis of ilio tibial band syndrome (ITB syndrome) was made. Orthotics, stretching and local treatment was given. A suggestion that one leg was shorter probably caused the problem.
Why did he ...Continue Reading →
We occasionally come across stress fractures in runners and the main focus of treatment is on re-education of their training and increasing awareness of their individual soft tissue capabilities. Listening to your body and knowing when to reduce training or have sufficient rest after a specific event is very important and all too often neglected and this can cause a problem. We commonly observe that many runners are reluctant to modify their training schedules and a reduction in volume ...Continue Reading →
As a Physiotherapist I commonly come across patients that have been told that they have a leg length discrepancy from fellow health professionals including Physiotherapists. In some instances these supposed leg length discrepancies are corrected by specifically made insoles or shoe raises or inserts. The issue I have is that it is common to have up to a 2cm difference in leg length differences and this is normal. I would argue that the apparent leg length is more related to ...Continue Reading →