Every year about this time we see several common running injuries present themselves here at New York Pain Medicine & Physical Therapy. As New Yorkers train for marathons, we tend to increase our mileage which in turn increases our potential for injury. When the body fails as a result of the extra stress that comes from training for distance races, common running injuries often occur.
Protect Yourself with a ‘Gait Analysis’
To help protect our patients from suffering a running injury, we perform a “gait analysis” here at NY Pain Medicine and Physical Therapy to understand their normal running pattern. Your pattern doesn’t necessarily have to be anatomically correct, but we will certainly point out things that could be a potential trigger for increasing their chances of a running injury. Many people will tend to, whether they’re conscious of it or not, change their running pattern, maybe to guard against a certain injury, so it’s important to establish a gait analysis. We perform your gait analysis via video recording and always reference your initial gait as compared to how you’ve progressed.
Is the Pain in Your Knee Due to Patella Femoral Syndrome?
One of the running injuries specific for the knee that we see frequently this time of year is Patella Femoral Syndrome. That is the pulley mechanism from your quadricep that attaches to the tibia and that tendon runs across the knee. If you do any type of repetitive stress activity where that pulley mechanism is slightly off, which tends to happen with running, that could be very irritating and hence cause an inflammation which manifests into knee pain. Patella Femoral Syndrome, often referred to as Jumper’s Knee and Runner’s Knee, involves the pulley mechanism of the quadriceps tendon or the patella tendon as it runs above the kneecap.
Is Your Marathon Training Causing Stress Fractures?
Stress fractures occur as a result of the bone responsible for taking up the shock when the musculature fails. It often occurs with over-training and an increase in mileage before the musculature is able to handle the added “load.” General pain, either diffuse or specific, is the presenting symptom as a result of performing the activity. Symptoms improve with rest. Here at New York Pain Medicine and Physical Therapy we will accurately diagnose and treat early to assist with a timely recovery.
Is Your Ankle Pain Caused by Posterior Tibialis Syndrome?
Posterior tibial tendon dysfunction is the most common pain symptom of the ankle and foot. This too often presents as a result of “overuse syndrome.” When not providing support, the patient may present with flat foot resulting from an unsupported arch. We at New York Pain Medicine and Physical Therapy can accurately diagnose and recommend a rehabilitation protocol that will take into account the acute injury and rehabilitation for arch support and therapy.
Get an Accurate Diagnosis and a Specific Recovery Plan
These 3 running injuries described above are seen often during marathon training season. At New York Pain Medicine and Physical Therapy we do an excellent job of not only making an accurate diagnosis, but also providing a plan very specific for your injury to make sure that we propose realistic goals for the continuation of your running activity.