Borders Podiatry & Chiropody







Treating the ultra-marathon runner

Injuries often occur when part of the body is asked to do too much or do something too many times. The latter results in what is called a repetative strain injury. Borders Podiatry have treated many sportsmen and women but usually after the sporting event has finished. This was not to be the case when we treated Dr Andrew Murray. Andrew is an ultra-marathon runner and was completing a challange of running from John O'Groats to the Sahara Desert, 36 miles a day for 76 days! Andrew went on to publish a book called Running Beyond Limits and below is the report our Podiatrist wrote following his examination:


"Meeting on a pavement, in freezing conditions, is not the ideal initial appointment with a patient, however this was no ordinary patient! Andrew presented with blisters between the toes, callus on both feet and more importantly a swollen and painful Achilles tendon. We began the assessement with a static weight bearing then non weight bearing analysis of Andrew's feet. Nothingly glaringly wrong. I then assessed Andrew jogging - Andrew was jogging on pavements that have inclines, declines, pot holes, may have even been on a camber and all after already running a total of 500 - 600 miles prior to this assessment. Andrew had very good foot function, however there was quite a large amount of movement/oscillation of the rear foot when he ran. This seems to possibly be leading to an overuse injury in the Achilles tendon. I feel that for a recreational runner and even a marathon runner this problem would not have lead to an overuse injury but due to the colossal number of miles Andrew was running the Achiles never had time to recover. The varying cambers at the side of the road, which could create an artificial limb length discrepancy, are probably contributing to the injury."
"With this in mind and the assessment we carried out, I advised Andrew to rest and ice the Achiles to allow it to recover and to also seek the treatment of a physiotherapist, but clearly this was not going to happen as Andrew was committed to his challenge."
"As Andrew's injury was determined to be due to overuse and his foot posture was very good we decided that controlling the speed and amplitude of the pronation and supination movements would be the best course of action. Thankfully Formthotics were the perfect option so we could provide control, stability and support for Andrew."


If you would like further information on Dr Andrew Murray then please visit his website or to purchase his book please click here.


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