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Returning to Running

Returning to Running

Getting Back on Track

Whether you’re a seasoned marathoner, a casual jogger, or someone who just enjoys the occasional run, taking time off from running is sometimes necessary. Life can throw unexpected curveballs, from injuries and illnesses to work commitments and personal responsibilities, which may require you to temporarily hang up your running shoes. However, the good news is that returning to running after time off is entirely achievable with the right approach. In this blog post, we’ll explore how podiatrists and physiotherapists can help you safely get back on track.

 

The Importance of Professional Guidance 

Before embarking on your running comeback journey, it’s crucial to seek the guidance of healthcare professionals like podiatrists and physiotherapists. These experts can assess your current physical condition and provide tailored advice to prevent injuries and setbacks. Let’s delve into how each of these professionals can assist you:

 

Podiatrist’s Expertise

Gait Analysis:

A podiatrist can perform a gait analysis to evaluate how you walk and run. This analysis can identify any biomechanical issues or irregularities in your stride that may lead to injuries.

Footwear Recommendations:

Based on your gait analysis, a podiatrist can recommend the right type of running shoes that provide adequate support and cushioning for your specific needs.

Orthotic Devices:

If necessary, custom orthotic insoles can be prescribed to address any foot or lower limb issues that might contribute to running-related injuries.

 

Physiotherapist’s Guidance

Assessment and Advice:

A Physiotherapist will assess your overall physical condition, including flexibility, strength, and balance. They can then develop a personalised program to address any weaknesses or imbalances, as well as provide advice regarding the finer points of running, including cadence, gait pattern, and technique cueing.

Gradual Return to Running:

Your Physiotherapist will guide you through a structured return-to-running program designed to help you reach your running goals, prevent injury, and fit in with your lifestyle. Our Physiotherapist, Sarah, is a very keen runner and triathlete herself, and is a qualified triathlon coach, and has coached many athletes to their running and triathlon goals.

Injury Prevention:

Physiotherapists can teach you proper warm-up and cool-down routines, as well as mobility and strengthening exercises to reduce the risk of injuries during your return to running, and as you continue to build toward your running goals.

 

Tips for a Successful Return to Running

 

Set realistic Goals:

Understand that you may not be able to pick up where you left off immediately. Set achievable short-term goals and gradually work your way back to your previous level of fitness. Chat with your Podiatrist or Physiotherapist about your goals and discuss what is achievable for you.

Listen to Your Body:

Pay close attention to any signs of discomfort or pain. If you experience persistent pain, consult your healthcare professionals immediately.

Stay Consistent:

Consistency is key to a successful comeback. Stick to your rehabilitation program and be patient with your progress.

Cross-Train:

Consider incorporating cross-training activities like swimming, cycling, or strength training to complement your running and reduce the risk of overuse injuries.

Nutrition, hydration, and sleep:

Maintain a balanced diet and stay well-hydrated to support your body’s recovery and performance. Getting enough sleep is also vital to the prevention of injury and improved performance.

 

Returning to running after time off can be a rewarding journey when approached with the right mindset and professional guidance. Podiatrists and physiotherapists play a crucial role in helping you come back stronger, safer, and more prepared to enjoy your runs. Remember that the key to success is taking it one step at a time and prioritising your health and well-being throughout the process. So, lace up those running shoes, consult with your healthcare professionals, and get ready to hit the pavement with confidence. Your running comeback story is about to begin!