Anna Balcombe: Sports Podiatrist & Podiatric Surgeon
BSc (Hons) MRSsCPod, MRCPod, FRCPodS

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Pain while running

Pain while running may occur in a variety of signs and symptoms.

Why do I get pain while running?

Poor biomechanics is the single most likely cause of injury. The main biomechanical causes of running injuries are either over pronation or under pronation. These contributory factors are discussed in more detail in our biomechanics section but take a quick look at the videos below to see the biomechanical forces in action in the under and over pronator.


Commom injuries include ;

  • Stress fractures – pain under the forefoot
  • Sesamoiditis – pain under the great toe
  • Ankle strains and sprains (repetitive)
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Achilles Bursitis
  • Plantar fasciitis - pain in the arch and heel
  • Hallux Limitus –pain in the great toe
  • Compartment syndrome
  • Peroneal tendonitis – pain on the top of the foot extending to the outside of the ankle
  • Ankle instability
  • Patellofemoral injury at the knee
  • Calf strain and the back of the lower leg / knee
  • Meniscus tears and co lateral ligament damage at the knee.
  • Lower back pain and sacro-iliac inflammation

Running on hard surfaces, over training combined with poor warm up, running shoes that are significantly worn with reduced shock absorption and over tight muscle groups are all factors that contribute to running injuries.

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