The Most Common Cause of Running Injuries – Find Out If You Have It

The Most Common Cause of Running Injuries – Find Out If You Have It

We find that nearly all the runners we treat for running injury at our Austin physical therapy clinic have a specific hip muscle weakness. Unfortunately, the list of problems and types of running injuries that can result from this weakness is quite long… including everything from plantar fasciitis to IT band syndrome, knee pain, runner’s knee, arch pain, achilles-tendon issues and even hip and low-back pain. Many of these issues can get so painful so quickly that runners have to significantly limit their mileage or stop running altogether. But it doesn’t have to be that way! …

In the video below you will learn a simple movement test to detect if you have this extremely common-but-preventable weakness that often leads to such painful running injuries.

You’ll also learn three simple exercises you can do at home to help resolve the problem. By strengthening the right areas, you’ll reduce your chances of getting a new running injury as well as helping to improve any pain or issues you may already have. The whole routine will take you just a few minutes, and the only equipment you need is an inexpensive stretch band. (If you don’t already have one, you can get your own from Amazon here.)

***Please note that this is not a complete approach to diagnosing and treating running injury. There may be many other issues that need to be identified and treated in order to get you running pain-free without limitations. If you’re in the Austin area and you’d like to learn exactly what’s causing your running injury (for FREE), you can request a free consultation with a running-expert physical therapist by clicking here.


AAP 008 To The Depths: Tanya Streeter, Free Diver Extraordinaire and Environmentalist, Shares Her Thoughts on Life, Kids, and Plastics

AAP 008 To The Depths: Tanya Streeter, Free Diver Extraordinaire and Environmentalist, Shares Her Thoughts on Life, Kids, and Plastics

Tanya Streeter free diver: life lessons from 500 feet below the surfaceFrom 1997 to 2007, Tanya Streeter was a competitive free-diver and broke a HUGE 10 World Records. While she no longer free dives competitively, she now does work as a TV presenter and film maker, using her skill to promote ocean awareness. In this interview, we cover a broad range of topics from funny to touching to serious. Tanya is incredibly passionate about health, particularly where plastics are concerned. She now works to educate the public on the health risks of using, drinking from, and cooking with plastics, as well as how plastics impact the oceans around the world.

In this episode, we chat about:


  • How she got her start in free diving
  • What drove her to pursue world records and what she learned in the process
  • The role Tanya’s emotions play in her movement through life
  • How free diving differs as a sport than all others
  • The difference between physical and mental boundaries when free diving
  • Differences among schools/disciplines of free diving
  • The function of breathing in free diving, including “breathe up” and “last breath”
  • The training involved in free diving and the importance of each type: Land-based and wet
  • Why Tanya believes it’s better to progress slowly towards reaching deeper depths
  • Her struggles with static apnea
  • Safety protocols currently in place to prevent free diving deaths and Tanya’s black out during a competition
  • How to segment different aspects of life to fully be present in each (and the differences between men and women in doing so)
  • What brought Tanya and her husband to Austin
  • Why Tanya finds diving in Lake Travis scarier than diving in the ocean
  • One of her most stressful dives and the thought she had during the dive that lead her to first consider retirement from record events
  • How sponsorship changed her relationship with free diving
  • What Tanya means when she speaks about what she found at the end of the rope
  • Her passion for ocean conservancy and the threat of plastics in the water
  • Easy ways to expand on “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” to promote environmental progress and toxicity of products we use every day




Don’t Just Run To Get In Shape… Get in Shape to Run

Don’t Just Run To Get In Shape… Get in Shape to Run

Do you get in shape to run or do you run to get in shape? A lot of runners get injured because they jump into running in order to shed off extra pounds from the holidays, but are dealing with muscle weakness that sets them up for injury. Watch the video below for more details and click here if you want to learn the most common cause of running injury and some of the most important exercises to prevent it.

If you’re already dealing with a running injury in Austin, click here or the orange buttons above to request a completely free consultation with a running-expert physical therapist. We can quickly figure out what’s causing your pain and limiting your mileage without it costing you a dime.

 Video Transcription [Please excuse grammatical errors due to the conversational nature of the video]:

Hey guys! It’s Ben from CarterPT.

It’s Friday. Thank goodness! My beard is still growing so I apologize for that. I hope that everyone is having a good time and  running season is well underway. The mileage is really piling up, and people are already doing races here in Austin. We’ve got the Austin Marathon coming up in February and the 3m in January, so our runners are in full swing right now.

One thing I want to talk about for running is do you run to get in shape or do you get in shape to run?

It’s a really good point that I heard from a trainer when I was a young physical therapist. I thought it was really insightful. For most of us, we run to get in shape, especially since the holidays just started. Thanksgiving was here. Christmas is coming and you put on a couple extra pounds.

Then we’ll naturally want to do some running to stay in shape. But that can be a recipe for injury! It’s really important that you supplement your running with some strength training because it makes a big difference.

A couple years ago I was training for a half and I started having some knee pain. I really wasn’t doing a lot of training outside of running. My best runners are those who do other things besides run. They swim, they ride their bike, they play tennis, they golf, and they supplement their routines with other activities. So if you’re only logging miles because you want to hit a race, make sure that you’re introducing some strength workouts in the way.

Click here to learn some really important exercises for runners and how to prevent one of the most common causes of running injury. With the exercises at this link, you can start the process of getting in shape to run rather than just diving into runs and getting injured.

If you guys have any more questions, you can go to for more information. Thanks, take care!

Why do my Feet Hurt when I Run?

Why do my Feet Hurt when I Run?

Austin, Texas is full of runners and therefore it is full of people with running injuries. That may sound like a joke but it is an unfortunate truth, and a common area of pain and injury for many runners is the foot. It takes the biggest impact of any body part for most runners (depending on your running form), so it’s no wonder that foot pain is so common among runners.

Though self-treatment has it’s limitations and isn’t likely to fully resolve a stubborn case of runner’s foot pain, one of our therapists recorded the video below to demonstrate some self-massage and mobilization techniques to help keep foot pain at bay as you ramp up your mileage

If you’re already in pain, click here to request a free consultation where you’ll learn about a complete solution to your running injury. **And if your foot pain is specifically at the heel or arch, I highly suggest you also see our comprehensive guide to the causes and solutions of heel pain and plantar fasciitis

If you are dealing with any foot pain/injury and would like to know how we can help, call or text us at (512) 693-8849.

If it’s after hours and you’d like to schedule a call with one of our expert physical therapists in Austin, click here to request a free phone consultation, or you can also click here to send us an email via our contact page.


Decrease Groin and Hip Pain with this Adductor Self-Release

Decrease Groin and Hip Pain with this Adductor Self-Release

It’s pretty impressive how much various forms of hip and groin pain can be reduced with a simple self-release technique using a lacrosse ball on the the muscles called the “adductors”. We make a ton of training videos for our staff and other physical therapists around the world. Occasionally we share them on our blog so those suffering needlessly can see how our approach to hands-on physical therapy and unique self-treatment instruction can help others to get back to the living the active lifestyles they want and deserve.

Below is one such video showing an example of an adductor self-release to decrease your groin and hip pain. *Please note that a single technique is unlikely to completely resolve most forms of hip or groin pain, and what you see in the video below is not safe for everyone out there. You need to confirm with a licensed healthcare provider that this self-treatment technique is safe and appropriate for you. If you’re in the Austin area or can get here, and would like to know exactly what’s causing your hip/groin pain, you can click here to request a completely free onsite physical therapy consultation with one of our expert manual physical therapists.

If you are dealing with groin and hip pain and would like to know how we can help, call us at (512) 693-8849.

If it’s after hours and you’d like to schedule a call with one of our physical therapists, Click Here.

Or click here to send us an email.


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