Lockdown opened up opportunities for people to try out new sports and have more time to exercise. As a result we have seen an increase in home workouts such as HIIT, cycling and in particular running. However, unfortunately when our bodies aren’t always conditioned to such exercise injuries can occur.

Heath says: “In my practice, I have certainly noticed an increase in the incidence of exercise related injuries during the Coronavirus crisis. I’ve seen a range of conditions presenting at a higher rate than usual. In particular, achilles tendon problems, heel pain (plantar fasciitis), stress fractures and other soft tissue injuries such as muscle and ligament injuries”

When clinics opened up again, Heath was able to see patients promptly and arrange appropriate investigations such as x rays or MRI scans, as required.

Early diagnosis, and prompt management of such injuries is vital and Kate says: “At Cadbury Physiotherapy we are passionate about sport and are keen to ensure our patients get an accurate diagnosis and appropriate management of injuries to allow them to get back to doing what they enjoy."


Here’s Kate and Heath’s five top tips to help you stay injury free when running:

1. Avoid doing ‘too much too soon’. If you’re new to running it’s best to start with a walk/jog programme such as the couch to 5k.

2. Purchase appropriate trainers for your foot type from a reputable running shop.

3. Keep your core and glutes strong. Weakness in these areas can cause common running injuries.

4. Think about your running technique. Reducing your stride length can put less strain through the joints and can allow your muscles to work more efficiently.

5. Allow time for recovery. Have relative rest days, get a good nights sleep, stay hydrated and consider your nutrition.


Heath Taylor MB BS BSc FRCS (Tr & Orth) Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon & Specialist in Foot & Ankle Surgery President Elect of The British Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society



Kate Cadbury Chartered Physiotherapist, APPI Pilates Instructor, Cadbury Physiotherapy