Run or Rest?

If we sustain an injury most of us know or have heard of the acronym RICE (Rest Ice Compression Elevation).  We are led to believe that rest is an important component in order to help the injury heal.   However,  recent evidence and research now challenges the RICE phenomenon and in particular the rest element.

The question many runners or sports which involve running have is; can we run whilst we have pain?  For most of the runners I see in the clinic I aim to keep them running to some degree, but there are a number of factors to consider before I can make the best decision.

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How can I reduce pain in my heel?

 Plantar Fasciitis or Plantar Fasciopathy or more simply persistent heel pain


A common issue I come across in Bridge 38 Physiotherapy is people presenting with heel pain or plantar fasciopathy (previously called plantar fasciitis).  Plantar fasciopathy is a generalised term for pain around the plantar fascia in the foot. The plantar fascia is the tissue that runs from your heel bone towards your toes and helps to support your foot when standing, walking and running.


The Plantar Fascia supports the foot when standing, walking or running

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Treatment for Patellofemoral Pain or Runners Knee

As we have see in part 1 patellofemoral pain (PFP) is multifactorial, making it challenging to treat.   Despite the high prevalence among the sporting population, there are few published guidelines determining the most appropriate evidenced based treatment.  A recent paper by Barton et. al (2015) recommends individually tailored programmes with the emphasis on active exercise rehabilitation and education.

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Achilles Tendinopathy – what is it? and how to get rid of it?

The Achilles tendon is a common injury for runners but also one of the more frustrating injuries to treat if not addressed correctly from the onset. In this blog, we will look at what Achilles tendinopathy is, what causes it and how to manage it. Continue reading “Achilles Tendinopathy – what is it? and how to get rid of it?”

Runners – Part 2 The Importance Of Running Gait Analysis.

In part 1 we examined the importance of what load management is and how this can impact the likelihood of sustaining a running related injury.  Part 2  will examine different aspects of running form and their association with different running injuries. Continue reading “Runners – Part 2 The Importance Of Running Gait Analysis.”