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Running Assessment

190203 Boost 266

Why Do I Need A Running Assessment?

Running assessments are not just for runners. If you engage in sport, or any other activity which involves running, then a running assessment at Boost Health Collective, will benefit you. By giving you advice on improving, or adjusting, your technique, our Podiatrist can minimise the risk for potential injuries and help you run stronger, for longer.

Issues That Arise From Inefficient Running Technique

  • Knee pain and instability
  • Shin pain - shin splints and compartment syndrome
  • hip pain and weakness
  • Ankle instability
  • Lower back pain and restriction
  • Muscle cramping

Do I Need To Be In Pain For A Running Assessment?

Not everyone who presents to us, at Boost Health Collective, for a running assessment necessarily has pain. Some people want to improve their technique for better endurance and performance. If you are a sprinter but would like to build up to long distance, then your Podiatrist can recommend some good strength and endurance exercises so you can safely work towards your goals.

What To Expect:

We will get you running on the treadmill first, then outside, to see your current technique. By recording your gait from the back and side, your Podiatrist is able to get a full 'snapshot' of your running style. Road running can be different compared to treadmill running. It is important for your Podiatrist to see and record both versions so they can make adjustments according to your needs.

When doing a running assessment your Podiatrists are paying attention to :

  • Running gait (or style) - is there any excessive stress or pressure placed on the joints?
  • Cadence - steps per minute
  • Foot strike - what part of your foot lands on the ground first?
  • General alignment - seeing your body as a whole in relation to your foot position
  • Foot Wear - are you getting enough support in the right places?

As part of your treatment plan, your Podiatrist may implement the use of running drills or cues. These drills are used to gauge whether there is a visible difference to your gait, pain-levels and whether your running efficiency is improved. If this results in positive change, over an extended period of time, your Podiatrist will implement similar techniques into your training.

Outcome:

After your Podiatrist has assessed your running gait, they will sit down with you to discuss your goals and how they can help you reach them. Increasing endurance? quicker cadence? It is important to have a plan you can visualise, with specific and attainable benchmarks which we can hit along the way. Your podiatrist will teach you strengthening techniques to limit the possibility of re injury as well as increasing your running efficiency. Working together, in collaboration with our Exercise Physiologist, Physiotherapist or Myotherapists may be suggested to optimize your recovery.

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If you would like our help to keep active and happy, give us a call on 03 9894 2463 or book online to Book an appointment.

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