Episode 3: The Mechanics of Running Injury with Sports Podiatrist Ian Griffiths

Episode 3: The Mechanics of Running Injury with Sports Podiatrist Ian Griffiths
Train Smarter Podcast

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In this week’s Train Smarter podcast, we have an interview with sports podiatrist Ian Griffiths (@Sports_Pod).

Ian helps us to understand how the various loads the body experiences when running can sometimes lead to injury. Understanding how the stresses and strains of running are applied to soft tissues, bones and joints is important in learning how to treat any running injury effectively.

Episode Resources

As mentioned in the interview, below are a number of links and diagrams.

Stress-Strain Curve

AKA Deformation Curve

Deformation Curve
Image via: McPoil, TG. & Hunt GC. (1995) Evaluation and Management of Foot and Ankle Disorders: present Problems and Future Directions. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 21(6): 381-388.

Further Reading

These books by Kevin Kirby are a ‘must read’ for anybody wanting to delve further into these concepts in the context of the lower extremity.

Jay Dicharry’s book Anatomy for Runners also has a great section discussing many of the points in today’s interview.

Running Research Junkie

Here’s a great post from Craig Payne discussing Why do overuse injuries occur?

Ian’s Website

You can get in ouch with Ian via his website.


Facebook Comments


  • Ian, create little podcast mate as usual, I completely agree we need to break the mould that all podiatrists do is issue orthoses. Catch up soon mate.

  • Sorry should read great, sorry typing on phone

  • Brilliant!

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