The 4 main causes of lower leg pain in runners

There are four main causes of lower leg pain in runners. This update offers guidance on how to manage each of them.

Running is a popular pastime in Australia that is encouraged by many organisations as being beneficial for one’s health. 

Leg pain

Like all pursuits in life, there is a risk–reward ratio. Injury to the lower limb is the biggest risk, with university athletes having injury rates between 25-65% and soldiers similarly 20-50%.1 

As health practitioners, we need to be aware of, and not miss, these common injuries. 

Popliteal artery entrapment syndrome (PAES)
This is a well-described syndrome that is probably an