The simple answer is: probably. As a runner, I’m not likely to stop running, even if a physio suggests it’s for the best. So, as a Physio, I’m going to be realistic and find a way to keep you running rather than suggest you stop.
Being open to changing things up may see you getting back to running sooner. For example, looking at water running or cycling . As for the original question… Can you run? Answer the following for yourself.
1. Is your pain intolerable while you run?
2. Does the pain last more than a day after running?
3. Does the pain affect what you do day to day?
Answered no to all? Keep running friends. (Although masking the pain with meds and continuing to run is cheating!) If it’s sore whilst running but you can “handle it,” you are probably safe to run. BUT I would suggest you get it checked out. No one wants to run with pain.
If you answered yes to any of the above you, will need to at least modify your training.
One huge exception: NIGHT PAIN. Pain that interrupts your sleep is the only symptom that would have me saying STOP!
If you get in bed and your leg is aching and you can’t get to sleep, or you wake up in the middle of the night due to pain, this is a sign of a serious problem.
If simply stopping doesn’t settle this pain down, seeing a doctor and getting further investigations is a must! Do not ignore this pain.
Beyond that, everything is flexible!