The warmer Spring weather normally sees a dramatic increase in the number of people out jogging. This may be driven by body image (for the Spring racing carnival, or the fast approaching summer weather!), or in preparation for the many fun runs over the summer months.
Unfortunately many joggers are hindered by leg pain. Undoubtedly, the 2 most commons sites for pain are the knee joint and shins:
- Knee pain:
Knee pain in joggers most commonly occurs due to incorrect tracking of the patella (kneecap), typically as a result of over-pronation (foot rolling inwards).
- Shin pain:
“Shin splints” is actually one (or a combination) of things:
- Tibial (shin bone) stress fracture
- Inflammation of the muscular attachment on the inside of the shin bone, again typically due to over-pronation
- Compartment syndrome, where the lower leg muscles become too big for the compartment of tissue that surrounds them
The common factor with all these conditions is foot posture. A pair of running shoes has a lifespan of around 9 months (less if you are a regular runner). Worn running shoes become quite unstable and offer limited cushioning. In some situations people require even greater stability than their footwear alone can provide. In this case a pair of orthotics may be required.
Your BIM Physiotherapist can undertake a thorough assessment of your lower leg biomechanics and offer you more specific advice, or fit the appropriate type of orthotic if that is required.
Adrian Quinn (Member APA)
Physiotherapist & Practice Director, Back In Motion Camberwell