This is the continued conversation about what truly is “good running form” and how that can change from person to person. We’ll note some misconceptions about running strains and suggest ways to correct them: from changing attire to considering the way your foot hits the ground. Watch the video below to hear my answers and suggestions,  and leave any questions you may have in the comments section below.

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Video Transcription (please excuse grammatical errors and the conversational nature of the transcription):

Ben with Carter PT here again. One of the most common questions we get in the clinic is, especially with our runners is, “How should I strike my foot when I land on the ground?” And that’s kind of honestly a difficult question to ask. We’re all built differently, we’re all put together differently, and we’re gonna kind of move differently. But one thing we wanna take a look at on running form is that make sure people aren’t hitting their foot in extremes.

And what I mean by that is we wanna make sure people are not hitting their heel in extreme. If we see this, often what we see above is the knee is really straight. And we know the forces that goes through the knee would be tremendous. And if somebody is running constantly on their forefoot here, that puts a lot of strain on their calf. But the reality is that there’s a lot in between here and their striking pattern. The heel has a fat pad and it’s designed to absorb shock so striking on your heel is not necessarily a bad thing.

So what I’ll look for is that make sure that people are able to appropriate forces through their body correctly. And if you happen to be a severe heel striker or severe forefoot striker, that’s something of concern. But I’m really looking for is what is your knee doing up above? That’s way more important than the foot. And you see all these different types of shoe types out there with a zero drop, two millimeter, six millimeter, twelve millimeter, there’s a big difference in that. I don’t think that makes a huge difference. I think it’s about finding a shoe that works well for you and supporting your body, and making sure your running form is nice and fluid.

If it’s not, it’s worth concern. What we’re really concerned with are people appropriating forces of their body correctly? Can they push off and they drive really well? And if they can’t, then it’s worth taking a look at. So if you’re interested in that, we offer a high speed running analysis at 120 frames per second which allows us to go into extreme detail as far as what problems are you having with your running form. And if you’ve always wondered, “What’s wrong with my running form? how can I improve it?” Maybe you’ve never even had an injury. This could be a great option to look at and say, “How can I become a faster runner, a more efficient runner?” And we can provide those tools for you.


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