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St. Vital Physiotherapy

Running Injury Rehab


Running injuries can be a frustrating setback for both novice and seasoned runners. Most running injuries stem from the cumulative micro-trauma of repetitive overuse, rather than a sudden incident. At St. Vital Physiotherapy, we aim to get to the root cause of the injury, rather than just treating the symptoms. Our Physiotherapists understand the unique challenges faced by runners and offer specialized evaluation and treatment for running injuries.

When you come to St. Vital Physiotherapy with a running injury, we begin with a comprehensive evaluation. This evaluation consists of:

  • A detailed review of your past medical history
  • A discussion of your current complaints and symptoms
  • An exploration of factors that exacerbate or alleviate your condition
  • An inquiry into any past or ongoing treatments

Following the discussion, we conduct a thorough physical examination and biomechanical assessment, which includes assessments of:

  • Muscle strength, endurance, flexibility, and neuromuscular control
  • Biomechanics of your feet, knees, hips, and pelvis
  • Evaluation of your footwear and any orthotic devices

Some common running injuries that may require physiotherapy attention include:


  • Calf (Gastrocnemius/Soleus) Strains
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Hip Bursitis
  • Iliotibial Band Friction Syndrome
  • Patellofemoral Pain (Kneecap Problems)
  • Shin Splints
  • Hamstring Strains
  • Tibialis Posterior Tendonitis



Our experienced physiotherapists can assist runners in both recovering from injuries and reducing the risk of recurrence. Key areas where we can offer guidance and assistance include:

  • Thigh and Calf Strength: Building strength in essential leg muscles to support your running.
  • Hip/Core Stability: Improving the dynamic stability of your hip and core muscles to prevent injuries.
  • Flexibility: Ensuring flexibility in quadriceps, hamstrings, and calf muscles.
  • Foot Mechanics: Addressing excess pronation and optimizing your foot’s biomechanics. This can include footwear education and selection, and over the counter or custom orthotics if indicated.
  • Training Strategies: Advising on factors like training frequency, duration, distance, and environment to prevent overuse injuries.
  • Running Technique: Tips on enhancing your running form to minimize strain on your body.

Conservative care is crucial for running injuries, as pushing through pain can lead to lasting damage that hampers your training and performance.

Don’t let a running injury keep you from your passion. Contact us today at 204-255-0597 to learn how St. Vital Physiotherapy can help you get back on track. Your next great run is just around the corner!


Our Team

All of our Physiotherapists have received a University education and are professionally registered with the College of Physiotherapists of Manitoba.

They are committed to providing professional evidence-based hands-on treatment, and education and exercises to help reduce your pain and restore your function and mobility. They pursue ongoing post-graduate courses to employ the most current techniques in their practice.

Angela Hazlewood BMR(PT) CAFCI ›

Lisa Poetker BMR(PT), CAFCI, Owner ›

Trista Neustaeter BMR(PT), BSc, CAFCI ›

Evelyn Lightly MCISc, BMR(PT), FCAMPT, CAFCI ›

Justina Nweke MPT, BMR(PT) ›

Contact Us

Call Us for an Appointment

St. Vital Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Centre, Inc
L01 - 1555 St. Mary's Road
Winnipeg, MB R2M 5L9

(204) 255-0597

Hours of Operation

  • Monday - Thursday: 9 AM - 9 PM
  • Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM
  • Saturday: 9 AM - 4 PM

To accommodate the busy lifestyles of our clients, we offer a range of extended appointment hours including early mornings and evenings.