Run, Don’t Walk! Avoid Running Injuries During This Year’s Zombie Walk
“Brains…brains…??? Okay, a little over the top, but, come on, it’s the Halloween season! And what better way to celebrate than to participate in the annual Toronto Zombie Walk on October 26th at Nathan Phillips Square. Why not get dressed up and join the festivities and excitement while beholding amazing costumes? And this year organizers have even added a bit more fun to the event with a spooky, fun Halloween parade.
But wait!! What if your walk looks like a zombie walk even when you are not taking part in this fun event? If you have sustained an injury that caused you to limp or favour one leg/ankle/foot over the other, it might be time to seek out some relief from those running injuries…
If you are a runner, you are no doubt aware of the long list of common running injuries that accompanies this sport. Here’s our list of the top 3 – and how a running injury clinic can help you deal with each of them:
Runner’s Knee (patellofemoral pain syndrome). Many running injuries are knee injuries, and a knee injury can be debilitating no matter the severity. Runner’s knee happens when the cartilage on the underside of the kneecap becomes irritated. A good way to combat this is with custom knee bracing. Rather than a generic knee brace where one size (never) fits all, a custom knee brace delivers stability and flexibility while reducing pain.
Achilles Tendonitis. The Achilles tendon connects the two major calf muscles to the back of the heel, and when too much stress is put on the tendons they become tight and irritated. This makes even the shortest walk painful. Want to stop hobbling along like the walking dead because of Achilles tendonitis? Physiotherapy and manual therapy might be the answer. Weak calves often contribute to the development of this condition, so this type of treatment can not only help you recover but can also help strengthen those calf muscles to help avoid future running injuries.
Plantar Fasciitis. Another common running injury, often the most notorious. Plantar fasciitis is when the tendons and ligaments in the foot become inflamed or when small tears occur. These tendons and ligaments run from the heel to the toes, meaning that the pain can affect the entire foot. Get back in step with shockwave therapy from a sports injury clinic. Shockwave therapy send acoustic waves into the affected area which works to break down scar tissue regenerate bone cells and blood vessels.
If you are suffering from one of these running injuries, or any sports related injury, stop suffering. Head to a sports injury clinic today and find some relief.
For more information about common running injuries and how to avoid them, contact Athletic Edge Sports Medicine today by calling 416-800-0800 or visit us online at www.aesmphysiotherapytoronto.ca.