Fore foot or heel strike
by on Wednesday, October 16, 2013  (2 comments)

Here is an interesting article with some research that has given me something to think about. The idea of changing your foot strike depending on your particular issues such as knee pain versus ankle or Achilles pain is interesting.

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I actually read that right before I saw you post this. I was thinking of sharing it but I do think there's risk in trying to force a change in your form. If your knees aren't used to the pounding that a heel plant leads to, you're opening them up to some serious problems by forcing a heel plant because you have a bum ankle. Likewise, if your feet and lower legs aren't used to the extra stresses of a forefoot plant, they could pay the price of forcing a forefoot plant because your knees are acting up.

I'm not suggesting that it's a totally bad idea to consider that advice. Just proceed with caution.

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I don't know. I'm no expert, but pounding your heels into the ground doesn't seem like a good idea at any time. There's correct form in every sport so I believe there must be something to correct form in running. Just because it may take a little effort to learn doesn't mean it's wrong or bad. Obviously some people naturally have better running form than others, but just because someone naturally runs with their heels pounding into the ground, arms flailing and upper body twisting doesn't mean that's good form. We're always looking for ways to avoid all injuries, but there is no magic bullet. If you run for 10, 20, 30 years you will suffer some running related overuse injuries. They heal and you keep going. Changing your foot strike to compensate for an injury is just going to create another injury.

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