As the weather gets warmer and the days get longer, trying a new outdoor sport or increasing the time we’re doing a sport we already enjoy becomes increasingly enticing. Unfortunately, sometimes it can lead to aches and pains that can put one off their game. Here are a few things to keep in mind to help keep your return to outdoor sport pain-free.
Often, new runners, those returning to the sport after a significant length of time off and even experienced runners who are increasing their mileage, experience knee pain. Patella Femoral knee pain is something that is very common. It’s often caused by the body’s alignment being slightly off, which can prohibit the kneecap from tracking properly over the femur bone. If this is ignored, it can become a chronic condition and lead to arthritis.
After we assess your body and gait, we will be able to determine whether the issues stem from misalignment with the foot or if there is actually an issue with the knee.
When the issue is misalignment stemming from the foot, custom foot orthotics can help quickly address the problem and eliminate the pain.
If the issue stems from a problem with the knee, a patella tracking brace can make a world of difference, like this one we recommended for a PBO Group client who is an avid runner:
As we age, our balance deteriorates. When our balance is off, it can negatively impact the biomechanics of the foot, leading to aches and pains in the feet, legs and knees during and after time spent on the course. We also treat golfers who suffer from Golfer’s Elbow, which is a common overuse injury.
If you are experiencing pain in your feet, legs or knees, we will assess your body and gait to determine the root cause of the problem. If we determine that the issue is related to the biomechanics of your foot, custom foot orthotics may help quickly address the problem. If your knee pain is related to arthritis, a custom knee brace can be designed to offload the arthritic joint to help increase your stamina and improve your game. If elbow pain is your issue, a simple elbow brace may be all it takes to return you to pain-free drives and putts.
If you’re wanting to increase your level of physical activity, but are wary of how your body may react, book a free initial assessment. PBO Group’s staff will take the time to understand your objectives and your body’s unique needs and help you reach your goals.