Running Races & Events in Toronto 2015

Toronto Physiotherapy Running Events

Running Races & Events in Toronto 2015

Running Races & Events in Toronto 2015

Spring is finally upon us and with this nice weather come numerous runs in Toronto. Whether you want to run a 5K, 10K, 15K, half marathon or full marathon, Toronto has the run for you. When training and participating in these runs, it is important to have good running patterns to prevent injury. It is also important to know if you should have an injury while running the expert Physiotherapists at Ace Physio can help you recover.

For a comprehensive list of upcoming Toronto races in 2015 click here

Common Running Injuries:Toronto Physiotherapy Running Events

Shin Splints:

Often runners will suffer from shin splints, which is inflammation of the connective tissue and muscle of the inner shin. Runners will find the lower third of their shin bone (tibia) painful, with increased pain when the area is touched. Shin splints can surface if the runner has recently increased the intensity of their runs, or changed the surface they are running on. For example, if a runner changes from a treadmill to the concrete street, shin splints are likely to develop because of the increased impact on the lower limbs. It is important to recognize when you have shin splints so you can get them treated and they do not get worse. Rest and ice are initial treatments to let your body heal and to relieve some of the pain. A physiotherapist can use massage techniques to get deep down in the muscle of the lower shin to help reduce the strain applied to the area. Physiotherapists can also tape shin splints, which takes some of the stress off of the area, so that you are able to run more comfortably. If you do suffer from shin splints, proper footwear and orthotic insoles can help.

Plantar Fasciitis:

The plantar fascia is the connective tissue under the foot, which attaches to the heel bone. Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the plantar fascia. Runners who suffer from plantar fasciitis often have pain under the heel that radiates down into the arch of the foot. Pain and stiffness is also felt in the morning or after sitting for long periods of time. Once you start running there can be pain throughout your workout. Physical therapy can be extremely effective in treating plantar fasciitis. Strengthening and stretching exercises can be done, as well as tape can be applied to the foot in order to help stabilize the plantar fascia. Physiotherapists can use shockwave therapy, which is applied to the fascia and is used to stimulate healing.

ITB Friction Syndrome:

The ITB is also known as the Iliotibial band, which is tissue on the outside of the thigh that goes down towards the knee. The role of the ITB is to stabilize the knee on the outer part of the range of motion. When this tissue becomes inflamed, it is known as ITB friction syndrome. ITB friction syndrome is an overuse injury, where repetitive stress (such as running) causes irritation and inflammation of the tissue. Runners will feel pain on the outer knee when running. It is important to address the ITB because if not treated the inflammation continues which can cause scarring. Scarring can decrease the range of motion at the knee and cause increased pain. Physical therapists can assess underlying causes of ITB friction syndrome by looking at the runner’s muscle strength and flexibility. If there are any imbalances, or gait abnormalities, an assessment with a Registered Chiropodist can be helpful in determining the cause of ITB friction syndrome.

For more information on Running Physiotherapy and treatment or to book an appointment please contact Ace Physio at 416-900-6653

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