Common running injuries and what to do about them

13 February 2019

London and Stratford Marathons are now less than three months away and most participants will be well underway with their training programs. For many, it will be their first experience of running this distance and there are plenty of opportunities for the development of injuries which will impact on training. Even for experienced marathoners, these situations can arise which will have a significant effect on performance and enjoyment.

There are many simple measures that can be taken to reduce the likelihood of such an injury, and with so much time (and often sponsorship) invested in getting to the finish line, they are worthwhile getting to know! The type of injuries we are talking about include:

  • Anterior knee pain (commonly called Runner’s Knee)
  • Ilio-tibial Band Syndrome (affecting the outside of the knee)
  • Patellar or Achilles Tendinitis (more commonly known as tendinopathies)
  • Shin Pain (commonly known as Shin Splints)
  • Bone Stress Injuries (often affecting the shin or metatarsal bones)
  • Plantar fasciitis (affecting the sole of the foot)

The causes for these injuries are numerous – they include the use of inappropriate footwear, not following an appropriate training program, sub-optimal running biomechanics, insufficient strength of the leg (including foot), pelvis and trunk muscles and poor flexibility. The list goes on.

Perform at Little Aston are going to publish a series of blogs over the coming weeks which will tackle some of the most common problems with tips on how to minimise the risk of developing an injury that eats into your valuable training time.

We hope you find this resource useful and wish you the best of luck with your training.
Should you wish to discuss an injury in more detail with one of our highly skilled team of physiotherapists, please contact us on 0121 580 7131 or email

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