Whether you’re already an avid runner or just starting on your running journey, our running assessments help you prevent pain and
recover from injury by optimising your running technique. This means fewer interruptions to your running (whether it’s part of event
training or for your overall health and well-being), so you can keep working towards your fitness goals and meeting your milestones.
As of 2023, we’re proud to host an after work social run club every week at Windsor. This is a free community event
hosted by one of our highly skilled podiatrists with an extensive background in elite-level running. No matter what your ability - you'll be
in great hands! Register for our run club here.
What is a running assessment?
A running assessment is an analysis of your running technique throughout all of the different phases of running, as assessed using video
gait analysis, foot pressure assessment, and the vast expertise of our experienced podiatry team - some of whom are elite runners
themselves. From the results of your running assessment, we can provide a detailed assessment that is used to highlight any biomechanical
defects and inefficiencies in your technique that may be increasing your risk of injury, or be the cause of any current pain.
1. To start, you and your podiatrist will discuss your current running goals, habits, and any difficulties you’ve been experiencing
with your running. We will also discuss your current training program if you have one, the surfaces you run on throughout the week as well
as the shoes you wear. You don’t need to be facing challenges in your running to benefit from this assessment - many people feel
like they’re making good progress, but understand that there’s likely more they can be doing, and adaptations they can be
making, to improve their running efficiency and further their progress.
2. A running-specific strength assessment is performed to highlight any potential weaknesses and restrictions, as well as screen for any
problem areas mentioned in the initial discussion.
3. The main aspect of this session is the running analysis, which is done on the treadmill in the clinic. Video analysis will be taken from
different angles at a variety of running paces which will depend on the type of sessions you undertake throughout the week.
4. Your podiatrist will then go through the findings with you and explain what was found in the analysis.
5. If required, another video is captured to highlight potential improvements.
are many potential benefits from completing a running assessment, and the benefits you gain will depend on your key goals, which may
include running without pain, reaching fitness testing goals, beginning a running program safely, increasing your weekly mileage or
hitting a personal best. Some of the benefits you may experience may include:
Injury prevention: by evaluating your running technique, foot mechanics, and lower limb alignment to identify any
biomechanical issues or imbalances, we can help you make changes that can reduce your risk of injury, with common running injuries including
stress fractures, Achilles
or plantar fasciitis.
Optimal footwear selection: choosing the right running shoes is crucial for injury prevention and performance. We can
assess your foot type and foot posture to recommend the most appropriate running shoes, while offering guidance on factors such as
cushioning, stability, and support to ensure your shoes adequately accommodate your foot mechanics and running style.
Performance enhancement: running assessments are well known for helping improve running efficiency and performance. By
analysing running technique and form, we’re able to identify areas for improvement and provide recommendations for optimising your
stride, cadence, and posture. Making the relevant adjustments based on your findings can lead to more efficient movement, increased speed,
and improved endurance.
Rehabilitation and management of foot and lower limb conditions: if you have existing foot or lower limb problems or
injuries that are impacting your running, we can discuss specific treatment strategies to manage and rehabilitate those conditions. This may
include stretching and strengthening exercises, custom foot
foot mobilisation, shockwave
MLS laser for pain relief, footwear
and other specialised interventions tailored to your needs. This comprehensive approach helps address underlying issues and allows you to
continue running safely and effectively.
Personalised advice and guidance: all of your assessments will offer tailored advice and guidance based on your unique
needs, goals, and running history. Your podiatrist is here to answer your questions, address concerns, and offer strategies for maintaining
foot health, managing common running issues, and progressing safely in your training. This individualised approach ensures that you receive
targeted support and education to optimise your running experience.
Do I have to be a professional runner to get a running assessment?
Absolutely not, our running assessments are for anyone who is wanting to run safely, addressing running concerns or pains, optimise their
running technique, and generally just get the most out of their running. Our running assessment is individually tailored depending on the
skill level of the runner.
Who will conduct my running assessment?
Our running assessments are currently being completed by our fantastic podiatrist, Steph, who is a National Medallist and elite level runner
with experience in coaching athletes. She is a qualified podiatrist and has a passion for biomechanical analysis.
From her experience, Steph can provide guidance in terms of what your runners week should potentially look like in order to reach your goals
if you're not currently under instructions from a coach. She has a love for assisting with improving a runner's technique and prescribing
(where necessary) appropriate running drills and technique cues. She can also identify areas within the body that require further
strengthening. Steph also leads our weekly social run club.
Common Running Injuries
We see a range of running-related injuries across our podiatry clinics, with common injuries including:
medically known as medial tibial stress syndrome, shin splints cause pain along the front and inside of the shin bone (tibia) due
to inflammation of the muscles, tendons, and bone tissue. Shin splints are often caused by overuse, improper footwear or training
techniques, running on hard surfaces, faulty foot biomechanics and more.
this condition involves the inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue that fans out from the heel bone and helps support
the arch of the foot. Runners with plantar fasciitis experience heel pain, particularly during the first steps in the morning or after
periods of rest. Plantar fasciitis is often caused by repetitive stress on the feet and arches (often related to pronation - the feet and
arches rolling in), improper footwear, and biomechanical abnormalities of the feet.
Achilles tendonitis: the
Achilles tendon, located at the back of the ankle and lower leg, can become inflamed and painful, leading to Achilles tendonitis. It
typically occurs due to overuse, inadequate warm-up routines, sudden increases in training intensity, tight calf muscles, and more.
Iliotibial (IT) band syndrome:
IT band syndrome causes pain on the outer side of the knee, resulting from irritation or inflammation of the IT band which runs down the
outside of the thigh and crosses the knee joint, attaching just below at the top of the tibia (shin bone). IT band syndrome is often
associated with repetitive bending and straightening of the knee during running and other activities like squats, especially on uneven
surfaces or with improper footwear.
Patellofemoral pain syndrome: also known as runner's knee, this condition involves pain around or behind the
kneecap (patella). It can be caused by improper alignment of the patella, muscle imbalances, faulty foot biomechanics like excessive
pronation (rolling in), or poor running mechanics.
stress fractures are tiny micro-cracks or breaks in the bones, commonly occurring in the weight-bearing bones of the foot and lower leg.
Runners may experience localised pain, swelling, and tenderness. Stress fractures are often caused by repetitive impact and overuse,
inadequate rest, training errors and more. We typically see running-related stress fractures in the metatarsals (long bones) of the feet.
Ankle sprains: ankle
sprains occur when the ligaments supporting the ankle joint are strained or torn, typically from a sudden twist or rolling of the foot.
Runners may experience pain, swelling, and instability in the ankle.
Blisters and calluses:
although not necessarily considered ‘injuries’, blisters and calluses are common problems and sources of pain and discomfort
among runners. Friction from ill-fitting shoes or excessive rubbing can lead to painful blisters, while repetitive pressure and friction can
cause calluses to develop.
Hamstring injuries: hamstring strains feel like pain in the upper part of the back of your thigh that may be accompanied by
weakness or stiffness. Your hamstrings play an important role in your running stride, but if they are weak, tight or tired, they’ll be
more prone to injuries. Many distance runners end up with hamstring strains that appear slowly over time, caused by small, repetitive tears
in the muscle tissue.
Join Our Run Club
is great - and doing it collectively with a group of like-minded locals, while being led by a knowledgeable podiatrist and an elite runner
all for free is even better! That’s why in 2023, we’ve formed a weekly run club to help our
community optimise their running and stay injury-free, while getting a great workout together.
When: Every Wednesday at 5:30 pm
Location: Downey Park, 70 Noble St, Windsor QLD 4030
Coach: Stephanie Bain, podiatrist and elite runner
All fitness and running levels are welcome. This is a time-based walk/run, allowing everyone to start and finish at the same time.
Benefits of joining our social run club include:
- Meeting like-minded people who will help you stay accountable to turn up and work to achieve your goals.
A fun, inclusive environment that caters for all levels of running whether you are training for a personal best in your next race or you
will be starting a run/walk program for the first time.
Injury prevention: we conduct an easy-to-follow, short dynamic warm-up that involves moving the joints and muscles involved in running to
help you prepare the body for exercise.
- Personalised session based on ability or injury status if required.
- Footwear advice
Discover our other services & treatments
Shockwave is a new and advanced, non-invasive treatment for painful foot and leg problem like plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinopathy, shin
splints, knee pain & more.
Swift Wart Therapy
Swift uses medical microwave technology that is highly effective in resolving warts and verrucae. Some of the benefits include fast
treatment time, no anaesthetic, no dressings and no pain post treatment.
Do you have a fungal nail infection? We recommend photodynamic therapy (PACT) as a great alternative to traditional nail lacquers and oral
medications. It is a safe, effective, and pain-free treatment for your fungal nail issues.