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Running

More than 70% of our patients are runners. We have Physiotherapists and Osteopaths that are specialists in running technique, assessment and creating tailored training programmes.

Running done properly is not bad for you, its all about the correct alignment and training regimen. We offer running assessments to analyse your technique using our treadmill and tweak it just enough to enable recovery and improve performance without causing more problems. If you have an injury you need to see one of our Specialist Running Physiotherapists who will get you back on the road, field, trail, treadmill or mountain ASAP.

Please use the search tool in this website to find lots of articles and information about running injuries, technique, training and marathons. We also have a running section in our exercise videos library, it is definitely worth you checking this out too. Please click on the following extract to read the full testimonial from one of our many satisfied marathon runners:

“4 weeks before I assumed that I would have to drop out but after a series of intense sessions ensured that I ran the marathon without any problems,” go to our Octopus Clinic testimonials section to learn more or check out our 100% five star google reviews, many of whom you will see are runners. 

 

Technique 

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We carry out presentations and workshops on marathon running (including half marathons and ultra-marathons) for running teams and charities which we consistently get excellent feedback on so please get in touch if you would be interested.  

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    Common Injuries

  • Plantar Fascitis (pain sole of foot)

    If the sole of your foot is tender to touch, particularly under the heel, and the pain came on gradually, you may have plantar fasciitis.It is often more painful first thing in the morning and can become very severe the longer you are on your feet. Plantar-fascitis is damage and...

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  • Lateral Ankle Sprain

    The most common ankle sprain is of the outside of the ankle – twisting it on an uneven surface or with a sudden turn or fall during sport (or in the pub!) This results in sudden pain in the outside of the ankle, swelling, increased temperature and, if severe, difficulty...

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  • Knee Braces

    This information is on its way, please contact us at the clinic for more info in the meantime. We look forward to hearing from you.

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  • Clicking Knees

    Most people fear that the clicking is caused by bone hitting bone. However, thankfully nowadays this is rare. If you have clicking in the knees, it is likely that for many years you have been suffering severe pain and weight bearing has been very restricted. If this is you, please...

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  • Knee Fat Pad Irritation

    The knee fat pad sits just behind and to the sides of the patella (knee cap) tendon, below the patella. The fat pad can be tender to touch and can be enlarged, puffy or inflamed.It can be irritated by sudden or uncontrolled extension, i.e. straightening of the knee and if...

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  • Patello-Femoral Joint Pain (knee cap pain)

    Patello-femoral pain syndrome is sometimes referred to as Anterior knee Pain. Anterior is the medical word for the front of, which is why the term anterior knee pain in itself is not a diagnosis. It is in fact an umbrella term that covers a number of diagnoses, one of which...

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  • Glut/ VMO/ leg alignment exercise

    Please click here to read 'how the knee works' before reading the following. This exercise trains the lateral glute muscle fibres, lower limb alignment, VMO (the inside part of the quads muscle) and stretches the calf so is a big hitter – if you can get it right! You will...

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  • Train deep core muscles

    The following exercise should be performed under the guidance of your Physiotherapist or Osteopath to ensure you are doing it correctly and prevent aggravation of your condition. Please click here to learn how the back works before reading the following.

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  • Foot and ankle exercises

    There are a variety of exercises that are great for your feet and ankles including: 1) Foot self-massage exercise 2) Eccentric calf strengthening 3) Foot muscles strengthening 4) Concentric calf strength and ankle instability exercise

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  • Proprioception exercise

    Please click here to learn about lateral ligament strains before reading the following. Proprioception is the body's positional sense. In other words it is what enables your brain to know where your arms and legs are positioned without needing to look at them. If there is a significant difference in...

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  • Stretching

      A note on static stretching v dynamic stretching I bet you can't remember the last time you saw elite athletes doing a static stretches pitch-, track- or court side pre-performance. That is because research now shows that static stretching is not advisable before exercise. This is because it slows...

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  • Eccentric calf strengthening

    Please click here to read how the foot and ankle works and click here to read Achilles pain before reading the following. Make sure you have your heel pain diagnosed properly by a physio, osteo or sport doctor to ensure that heel drops are appropriate. There are some types of...

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