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Did you know?

  • The incidence of leg and foot running injuries in published reports ranges from 20-79%.
  • The most common site of running related injuries is the knee followed by shin, Achilles tendon, calf and heel.
  • 27-33% of running related injuries are due to over-use or over-load.
  • Problems arise with the three Ts: Too much, Too soon, Too far.

What do you do to avoid or overcome these problems?

If you are interested in learning more about running gait and want to minimise the risk of running associated injury, why not book an assessment with David Richards our Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist?

This session includes:

  • A regular history taking and assessment of movement
  • A treadmill based screening for running patterns
  • Corrective exercise programme for any relevant faults identified
  • Advice on specific training targets and managing your training load so that you can run that race!!

If you have a specific joint or soft tissue injury, see our Injuries and Conditions section for more specific information.

  • Why do you run?

    Running is the cheapest and most available form of exercise, you just need some shoes! Most people start for health and fitness reasons, or as part of a weight loss plan. Some meet in groups or clubs and enjoy the social aspect or as part of training for other sports and activities. Some run to compete or just switch off at the end of the day.

  • +So what happens if you get injured?

    Do you carry on regardless? Do you rest from running for a while and then return, then rest again when the pain comes back – because it usually does! Do you see your Doctor or Therapist, take some anti-inflammatories and do some stretches then go back to running to find that the pain comes back – because it usually does! Or, do you give up running altogether?

  • +Who taught you to run?

    The most likely answer is no-one. Even talented and elite runners with years of competition experience may have never been taught the fundamentals of how to run and may have developed inefficient techniques.

  • +Can you change the way you run?

    By changing the way the legs and feet move and their interaction with the ground, by changing the direction of the forces that act on the body it is possible not only to change the way you run and become more efficient but you can also reduce your injury risk significantly.

  • +I was given insoles to help my running.

    Current evidence suggests that it is not what is in our shoes or the type of trainers we wear that changes the forces and the way we run, but the individual’s control of their trunk, pelvis and hips and their interaction with the ground that makes the difference. There would be no point in repeatedly changing the worn tyres on your car if the steering tracking was out and had not been fixed!

  • +How do I change the way I run?

    At Ballsbridge Physiotherapy Clinic we use our years of experience working in elite sports coupled with current concepts of evidence based rehabilitation to fully assess the way you stand, move and run.
    Depending on the findings of the assessment you will be given running re-education strategies aimed at making your running style more efficient.

  • +How long does it take to change the way I run?

    You will be given a graduated programme to allow your central nervous system to get used to the new way of moving, and to allow any existing injuries to fully rehabilitate. This may take some weeks but it is dependent on how much effort you put into the changes and the level of change you need to make.

  • +Not all running is the same though, so how will this help my sport?

    Running gait and muscle activation change with cadence, external focus i.e. running after opponent or ball, type of sport, type of surface, change in direction and even footwear. At Ballsbridge Physiotherapy Clinic we take a detailed history and will ask you what your goals are in respect of returning to play, adapting your drills and exercises accordingly to take into account the needs of your sport.

  • +Our Service

    Initial Visit: €120 (60 minute appointment)

    Full examination with Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist including full history, movement analysis, lower limb bio-mechanical screen and 2D running gait analysis. Full running gait and corrective exercises emailed to your address.

    Follow up reviews: €55 (30 minute appointment)

    Re-assessment of movement and running gait using 2D feedback. Progression of correction exercises and drills emailed to your account.

To book your running assessment you can phone or contact us at anytime.

Before and After Clinic Results


I recently attended treatment with David Richards in Ballsbridge Physiotherapy Clinic. Part of my treatment involved a running gait analysis which identified inefficiencies in my running style which needed to be corrected to avoid a repetition of my injury. With David’s reassurance and through a combination of localised therapy, gait and posture awareness I was put on a graduated running programme which was tracked on video and emailed to me after each session. The result is that I have now adapted a more efficient running style, reduced my injury risk and more than ever I am enjoying my running again! I would highly recommend Ballsbridge Physiotherapy Clinic to my fellow runners. -Martin Treacy, Clonliffe Harriers AC