January 12, 2014

Asma asked The Guru for the following Physiotherapy Advice:


I have just recently started running only to find im having huge problems, my feet keep cramping up more precisely my toes, the pain is unbearable to the point where I have to stop running, sit on the floor, take off my trainers and wait for the cramp to fade out. To add to the pain I think I have injured myself – my toes (yep both!) can now not move backwards to forwards without causing me pain – I have not run for 2 weeks to try and rest them but its still not working….help please

January 12, 2014

Hi Asma

Bit like closing the stable door after the horse has bolted!

It sounds as if you’ve one of these or the other. You’ve either got a really inflexible/stiff foot type with super short calf muscles or you’ve got a super flat foot with over stretched calfs.

If its the former you need(ed) to increase the flexibility of calf to allow you to use your foot better and use your toes to push you off.

If its the latter then you need a shoe that controls the amount your foot rolls in so you don’t overload your toes when pushing off. You’ll need to increase your balance and control.

Try wearing good supportive shoes for the next 2 weeks. No running and go to school on balancing exercises and lunges and squats. Return to running really slowly and considerately. Do small amounts with a good recovery period…..or pop down the road and see the team in the Leadenhall clinic.

Let me know.

The Guru

Six Physio

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