Sore leg problem -- need advice
I have been running over 6 months do 4-5miles 3-4 times a week and 5k-8k road races once or twice a month. Problem started last week my right leg is achy from the knee down constantly so making running and life in general unpleasant. Ive tried heat pack and that eased it for a while , i want to keep up my fitness so dont want to rest too much, anyone any ideas?
I wouldn't recommend a heat pack, cold packs or ice are the norm for leg issues as it decreases the inflamation.
For a beginner in running one of the things to watch out for is form. How are your feet hitting the ground? Are you landing heel first? That will give rise to a lot of injury possibilities, including knee and shin issues. Try to not have your foot land in front of your body, but instead get them to land under your hip (or more correctly your cerntre of mass). Also make sure you are landing on your mid-foot or fore-foot.
Thank you for that, i will try the ice pack, and i got my gait tested and strangely its the leg that has perfect ground strike thats sore. Went for 8k today sore to start, but ran through it and was fine but has started sore now, is it a form of shin splints do u think?
Hi there, it sounds like it could be a form of 'shin splints' - however this term is used to descibe most forms of pain in the front of the lower leg. Are you stretching your calves well before and after training? Problems at the front of the leg can be atributed to tight calves. Before your run, apply a heat pack to your calves and also front of your leg, even just for five mins, then when you finish ice the front of your leg. This should help reduce the pain. If this pain and discomfort continues, I advise to see a sports therapist or a physio. Good luck
Thanks for that, i.ll give that a go. I really dont stretch enough, so thats probaly whats contributing to this problem.
Hi, I had the same issue as yourself and eventually found out I wasnt pre and post stretching enough!! Do as much as you can, I found I was stretching more when I was waiting for a race to start therefore i was running far better. Post race is equally as important x
For soreness on the shins it may be a biomechanical issue. I had something similar and after going to a physio and gait scan I found it was due to having reasonable form but the wrong cushioning in the runners. i.e. they were forcing my left leg to roll in after hitting the ground. Once I took the runners off I was ok...