Running Injury Clinic
Frequently Asked Questions
Q - What is the difference between a Running Injury Clinic and a Sports Injury Clinic?
A - A Running Injury Clinic specialises in running injuries and should have staff who understand running. The Sports Physiotherapists and Sports Podiatrist at Atlas Running Injury Clinic in Solihull Birmingham and Tamworth are all runners themselves and boast a 1 hour 10 mins Half Marathon winning time.
Q - What type of equipment might the Running Injury Clinic have that would benefit runners?
A - A Running Injury Clinic might have Video Gait Analysis equipment and softwear like Dartfish or Siliconcoach.
They would need a commercial Running Treadmill capable of a high speed for faster runners. A Laser Foot Scanner for accurately mapping the contours of the feet when prescribing prescription orthotics. Electrotherapy equipment for treating soft tissue injuries is vital for fast recovery from running injuries.
Q - What is the difference between a Sports Therapist and a Physiotherapist?
A - Physiotherapists have a minimum of 3 years training at University however there is limited Sports Injury input on the programme. They are well trained in a wide variety of physiotherapy skills which include musculo-skeletal treatment and rehabilitation. "Physiotherapist" is a protected title and all have to registered with the HPC
Sports Therapists can also undertake a degree programme of 3 years but Sports Therapy also runs much shorter Further Education courses at colleges and there is no proper self regulation in place at the moment. There are however plenty of good sports therapists who can help runners.
Q - What does a Podiatrist Do?
A - A Podiatrist is another protected title and regulated by the HPC this is another university 3 year programme where the lower limb biomechanics and foot and ankle is the focus of their attention. They study Gait analysis and locomotion and should be able to help runners with lower limb problems and overpronating feet and ankles.
Q - Is Sports Massage of any benefit to Runners?
A - Yes, Sports Massage if done correctly is very good at relaxing tight and tired muscles after a long run.
Marathon training is hard on muscles and massage helps with recovery. In the right hands early identification of problems are possible if the massage therapist is experienced. Sports massage has 3 elements to it Pre-Sport
which is to relax and warm up muscles before an event or long training run. Post-Sport which occurs after an event or run and Remedial which is treating a soft tissue injury.
Q - Should I wear my Orthotic Insoles all the Time?
A - Yes, if you have a problem with overpronation and need biomechanical correction from orthotics then you should wear them in all footwear. Its no good just wearing them in your running shoes as you will never get used to them. Although the orthotics may appear comfy, your feet and ankles are in a constant state of change and each time you change from corrected footwear to non corrected footwear you alter the angle of pull on the muscles.
If you are doing this for long distance marathon training you will develop injuries.
Q - How can I improve my running times?
A - The best way to improve times is to first establish your aerobic and anaerobic thresholds. Basically its a measure of your aerobic fitness and will establish your individual comfortable pace. Once this has been done you have a start point which is measurable. A series of training routines involving interval training and speed sessions
can be devised and after 10 weeks you can be retested to see if your thresholds have increased. You may then be able to increase your pace without discomfort and thus improve your times.
A 3 point test can be carried out at Atlas Running Injury Clinic to establish your Aerobic and Anaerobic thresholds.
Q - How can I prevent running blisters on my feet ?
A - Blisters are caused by friction so in order to stop blisters you have to identify what is rubbing against your feet. Training shoes too big where your feet slide around too much, socks or poor fitted orthotics can cause running blisters. Typical location of a foot blister is under the medial arch. If you apply vaseline to the area this will reduce friction rub and prevent blisters but you need to identify the cause of the friction before you can solve this irritating painful problem.