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Don’t get freaked out by either the chiro or the OS

Jan 12th, 2014

Heidi asked The Guru for the following Physiotherapy Advice:

Hi!

I am hoping you can help me. I am 33 year of female. In June I had bilateral bunion surgery but by end of August was able to start running. Since then I have pretty much been running every other day, mainly distance of about 14K. About two months ago I started having hip pain on my left side which caused me to run and walk with a limp. The pain would get easier about 6-7K into the run. I have been seeing a chiropractor who has helped the pain by correcting my pelvis which was out of “whack” (technical term). However the pain has now moved down the thigh to the top of the left knee. My knees are also quite painful. I am now running 3 times a week and having a horrible time of it, where I used to feel it was the easiest thing in the world and could easily run upto 20K. I still walk with a limp and especially going down stairs hurts my leg. I saw my orthopaedic surgeon last night who basically fobbed me off saying I am loose jointed and causing these problems to myself with running. Can sports physiotherapy help in getting me back into running and loving it? And being pain free. Would running in neutral shoes help? What can I do? I find it hard to believe that being slightly hypermobile in my lower body could cause such problems. I think I am also suffering from Overtraining Syndrome which isn’t helping. Any insight would be helpful – thank you!

The Guru Responded:

Yes, yes and yes!

Don’t get freaked out by either the chiro or the OS – if they don’t know what’s causing your problem, and your toes will have a part to play in it, then they’ll blame something else or say something so improbable that they’ll hope you believe their very complex diagnosis and go away!

Your toes will have caused you to move very differently over the years – you’ve now had the toes changed but wont have been given the ability to move the rest of your body any differently…..and here lies the problem!

Don’t go guessing with the shoes and rid your thoughts of overtraining (its much more under recovery), and even if you are hypermobile – so what!

Search out a really decent physio and I’m sure they’ll talk good sense that’ll get you back on the road to recovery….I can recommend in certain parts of the country…

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