Looking to get back into exercise for the summer?

Take note of the following conditions that can occur when re-starting exercise after taking a break:

Growing pains

Common in very active children between the ages of 8-16, growing pains occur due to children’s bones and joints being not fully formed, and with high activity and stress, causing inflammation. The two most common growing pains in the lower limbs include Sever’s disease in the heel and Osgood-Schlatter’s disease in the knees.

Shin splints

Common throughout all ages, presents as pain along the shin bone after running, and pain will increase if you push through the pain. It is important to treat shin splints as ignoring the pain can lead to Compartment Syndrome, which causes extensive muscle and circulation problems, and even tissue death.

Achilles tendinitis

Another common issue with adults. Due to tightening of the calf muscles, along with improper shoewear and exercising too much too soon.

What can be done?

Firstly, it is important to know your limits when re-starting your exercise. Try to gradually build up your fitness and conditioning, and your body will adjust.

Other treatments include proper shoewear, orthotics and stretches.

If you are having these issues or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us at Hammond Park Podiatry.