Ben leaves us with this idea…
“It’s like squatting form. Lifting in real life, outside of the gym where we reduce variables to make lifting easier, is almost never done with feet parallel, on flat ground, weight evenly distributed across your back. Many times the “weight” you are lifting is awkward (furniture) or moving around (kids)… I think we miss a lot in preparing people for life outside the gym, or to return to running, anything that isn’t flat and predictable.”
Common running injuries
Lateral knee pain
A note about ankle sprains with runners
One of the most common ankle sprains that we see in clinical practice is not a ligament sprain of the anterior talofibular ligament but a joint injury to the lateral malleolus or ankle bone and its joint with the tibia. This is taken from Brian Mulligan, a Physiotherapist in New Zealand. Since sharing this idea with the physical therapy community in the US there have been more and more articles published.
What to look for
- Swelling to the outside of the ankle and foot that is significant
- Pain with turning your foot inward or inversion
- Pain with standing on the injured foot
How we check
Turn you foot inward, does it hurt on the outside of your ankle? Usually the pain is just in front of the ankle bone or lateral malleolus.
Next, using your thumb, support the ankle bone on the front. Turn your foot inward. Does your pain go away and your mobility improve?
If this test is positive, meaning that it helps, then your ankle injury is most likely a joint injury and treatment can be very successful.