which specialist?

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23/08/2002 at 07:49
Hi, Im confused! How do I go about deciding which specialist to see? Which is best for me and my injuries? Ive read through a few of the postings here and different people have suggested various therapists for similar injuries. I also think I kind of know the difference between the discipline.Ive read Runners worlds- which therapist? But still feel clueless!
Im suffering from acute achilles tendon pain and possible tear of my plantaris tendon on the opposite leg.Ive been to see my Gp but was told merely to rest.Has anyone any ideas or cheery words?
23/08/2002 at 08:38
Rest will undoubtedly help, Shazza - if you do nothing for a couple of months your legs will get better. But you'll also lose a big chunk of your muscle strength and cardiovascular fitness, and that's presumably not on your agenda.

A physiotherapist should be your first port of call. Ask your GP for an NHS referral - explain that you're a runner, that you need to be fit for...(name a specific race - a 10K in January, the Bath half-marathon in March, the London Marathon) and you will need professional help to keep your other muscles in working order while you rest your calves. If that draws a blank, look in the business directory, or ask around, for a sports physio.

Have your gait analysed and, if necessary, corrected - this may mean a different style of running shoe or a set of orthotics. The Salford option looks a good one for this.

Get stuck into back, hamstring, and gluteal stretches, and make calf stretches part of your routine too once the injuries have healed.

Finally, keeping fit while your legs recover...swimming and other exercises in water are the least likely to aggravate the injury, and indoor rowing (or even normal rowing) should be fine. The stair-climbing machine and the elliptical cross trainer, alas, are best avoided at the moment as unless you've got a spot-on technique they stress your achilles tendon at least as much as running does. Better to have a good walk! The bike (real or stationary) should be fine. Upper body weights, and using the machines rather than free weights for your legs, are OK too.

Keep us up to date with your progress! Achilles tendon injuries are a pain, but they needn't end your running days.
23/08/2002 at 08:54
Cheers Raptor...Thanks for pointing me in the right direction ! and for your positive
encouragement.Ill let you know how I go on.

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