There are many common injury presentations found in walkers. Particularly in those who are occasional walkers. Those of us who believe ourselves to be fit and healthy, can run for half an hour or complete many exercise classes often find many new body parts that begin to ache very quickly.
Going away for the weekend or a holiday break to discover the surrounding countryside and hills, we often take a “short” 3-4 hour stroll, using completely different sets of muscles, which may result in: upper and middle buttock pain, hip pains, low back ache, achilles tendonotis, patellar tendonitis, shin splints, plantar fasciitis, thigh and hamstring pains. Most of these injuries are preventable given correct stretching and a sensible build up plan to hill and distance walking.
Steep downhill walks can really work the fast twitchmuscles in the quadriceps, the following day this can lead to very deep aching in the front of the thighs. Steep uphill walks mean raising the toes higher often giving rise to shin pain. Going through some gentle stretches at the end of a days walking can greatly reduce the muscle soreness for the following day.
Here at the clinic we are able to offer a full check up prior to setting off walking. We are able to observe and identify potential problems before they arise and recommend corrective treatment and preventative exercises and stretching.
Remember when walking in the country the paths are invariably on slopes and inclines are usually followed by declines. These all place the foot at precarious angles to the leg putting the ligaments, joints and tendons at risk. Correct shoes are essential not only to prevent ankle sprains and support the feet, and good grip stops you falling and injuring other areas of the body so that hopefully you won’t need to call on these guys…
North Dartmoor Search and Rescue …training exercise only! No one was harmed in the making of this photo 🙂