Endurance walking has become an increasingly popular sport, with many of our patients doing it every week. However, what many don’t realise is that walking can push your body, potentially leading to injury. It’s important that you learn about the common injuries you may sustain while walking for endurance. Knowing the first signs of injury will help you with pain management and recovery.

Common Endurance Walking Injuries

 Plantar Fasciitis

This is a condition where the Plantar Fasciitis becomes inflamed, causing tearing and stretching. It’s a common injury among those who take part in endurance sports. Sufferers tend to experience pain when they take their first steps in the morning. And the pain can worsen with prolonged walking or standing.

Plantar Fasciitis Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy for Plantar Fasciitis is most successful when you start treatment at the first signs of injury. Delaying treatment can cause the condition to become chronic and more difficult to heal. Sports Focus can offer advice on arch supports and load management. We will assess the lower limb and identify the best stretch and release for the arch of the foot and calf.

Iliotibial Band (ITB) Syndrome

The ITB is the band of fibrous tissue that is attached to the Gluteus Maximus and Tensor Fascia Latae at the top of the thigh, and the tibia and femur at the bottom. ITB syndrome is when this tissue becomes inflamed and irritated due to overuse. Common symptoms of IBT syndrome include swelling over the knee, sharp or burning pain and pain that worsens with activity.

ITB Syndrome Physiotherapy

Sports Focus can assess the cause of your ITB syndrome and reduce the inflammation and pain. We’ll create a personalised physiotherapy plan to help you prevent injury recurrence. This will involve strengthening the hip, knee and leg muscles, normalising the joint range of motion and correcting your running technique.

Achilles Tendinopathy

As previously discussed, Achilles Tendinopathy can refer to the inflammation of the Achilles tendon and tears in and around the Achilles tendon. Swelling and pain are common symptoms, and the pain intensity can range from mild to severe. The ankle may also feel weak and stiff.

Achilles Tendinopathy Physiotherapy

Our Sydney physiotherapists can provide treatment to help manage your exercise load and decrease the inflammation. We will guide you on appropriate stretching exercises and help you return to training by safely recommencing tendon loading.

Want to start endurance walking? Book an appointment with Sports Focus and we’ll make sure that you’re equipped and ready to begin.