As part of the Johns Hopkins Rehabilitation Network, the Johns Hopkins Running Program serves active people who run for a sport, career or leisure. Our team of sports rehabilitation specialists can help you prevent injury, return to sport or run without pain.
Our team also works closely with the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery to provide rehabilitation after anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) repair, meniscus debridement/repair, labral repair, bunionectomy and similar surgeries.
Running Program: Why Choose Johns Hopkins
- We treat all runners, regardless of age or athletic level, including high-school, collegiate, recreational and elite competitive runners.
- Our team consists of experienced rehabilitation physicians and physical therapists — many are runners themselves.
- Our running specialists participate in extensive annual training in physiology and physical therapy, as well as biomechanics, electromagnetic studies, dry needling, performance testing and other areas.
- We use advanced diagnostic and therapy equipment, such as the highly sensitive instrumented treadmill, to get to the root of your running pains.
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For avid runners like us, who train hard to achieve a new PR in each race, a sports injury can be a major distraction. We rely on the running specialists at Johns Hopkins to help us get back on track quickly and improve our form to minimize the potential for future setbacks.
- Brent and Michelle N., marathon runners
How We Help Runners
If running is a big part of your life, our specialists can help you in a wide range of ways, from injury prevention to treatment and recovery:
- We use musculoskeletal evaluation to determine whether your pain (or likelihood of injury) is related to the anatomy of your feet, legs, hips and other structures.
- A running assessment, including gait and balance analysis, helps us analyze your running style in detail and provides clues to the origin of your pain.
- Based on this data, we may recommend a number of steps, including various gait correction and retraining approaches to change the way you run and eliminate the harmful patterns that contribute to pain and injury.
- A physical therapy program is often needed to address musculoskeletal issues such as weak or unbalanced muscles or overcompensation on one side of the body.
- Our team will also equip you with tips and steps for safely returning to running and preventing reinjury.
For cases that may require surgical treatment, we partner with specialists in orthopedics and other areas to provide well-rounded care.
Treating runners requires a unique approach. As a runner, I know that being told to stop running is not an option. Our goal is to help you get back to your prior level of function by strengthening muscles and relieving pain.
- Stacie Page, physical therapist and recreational runner
Our Diagnostic and Therapeutic Technology (Slideshow)
You run with more than just your legs — you use your entire body. That’s why tracking down the cause of the pain isn’t simple. With access to state-of the-art video and force-plate technology, as well as anti-gravity treadmill gait training, we can capture and analyze complex movement patterns. This data helps us guide your treatment and prevent recurrence of symptoms as you return to your sport.
- Lora Stutzman, physical therapist
Conditions We Treat
Our rehabilitation specialists treat a variety of injuries related to running, including:
- General foot pain, ankle pain, shin pain, toe pain, knee pain, heel pain, calf pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, lower back (lumbar) pain and mid-back (thoracic) pain
- Tendonitis: Achilles tendonitis, patellar tendonitis, peroneal tendonitis, popliteal tendonitis
- Fractures: metatarsal stress fractures, tibial stress syndrome and other fractures of legs and feet
- Sprains and strains: hamstring strains, ankle sprains/instability and ligament sprains of the knee
- Labral impingement and hip labral tears
- Muscle strains in legs and feet
- Muscle tears, including gluteal tears
- Shin splints
- Plantar fasciitis
- Iliotibial band syndrome
- Patellofemoral pain syndrome (runner’s knee)
- Compartment syndrome/exertional compartment stress
- Other overuse injuries
Seasonal Running and Injury Prevention | Webinar
Running is a great activity for your heart, weight and mental health, but it comes with a risk of injuries, no matter how experienced you are. Orthopaedic surgeon James Ficke, M.D., and physical therapist Ken Johnson discuss measures you can take to avoid common running injuries.