Summer is here and more of us are getting out and enjoying the weather. As we all know, Central Texas is HOT! We’re talking triple digit heat hot, so hydration plays a big role in our performance as runners. Choosing the right time is key to ensuring that we get the best run possible, but sometimes, no matter the choices we make, there are barriers that keep us from running the way we’d like. It’s not uncommon for runners to have nagging injuries, especially those who have been running for a long period of time. But is running in pain the life you want to live?

Whether it’s chronic pain, or something that has just started, it’s important you understand what the pain is and how you can address it. The experts at Momentum Physical Therapy have worked with a lot of runners and have managed a lot of issues that these runners have had to endure. The good news is that with proper care and a team of PT’s, you can get back to what you love. The bad news…well there isn’t any, unless you call taking a few days off to heal and plan for a pain free existence after talking to your PT.

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Common Running Injuries

Runner’s Knee
Symptoms: Swelling, aching pain behind and/or around the kneecap – pain walking up and/or down stairs.

IT (Iliotibial) Band Syndrome
Symptoms: Usually occurs after a short period of running with sharp pain on the outside of the knee.

Achilles Tendinitis
Symptoms: Swilling, painful to the touch – lack of flexibility along the back of the lower leg, close to the heel.

Plantar Fasciitis
Symptoms: Deep ache and/or sharp painin teh bottom of the heel, most commonly felt in the morning or following prolonged sitting.

Shin Splints
Symptoms: Throbbing or aching pain along the front of shin – usually occurs during and/or following a prolonged run or walk.

Piriformis Syndrome
Symptoms: Local pain and tightness in buttock with possible tingling or numbness down the back of the leg – most noted during prolonged sitting.

If your are experiencing any of these symptoms visit your friends at Momentum Physical Therapy for a Pain Relief Assessment. We are conveniently located all around San Antonio and offer extended hours every day of the week. If you would like a professional opinion/assessment, sign-up for a FREE Pain Assessment. We will then contact you to schedule an appointment for you to come in and have someone take a look. Our goal is to get you healthy for life!