Running is distinguished from walking in that at some point in the running cycle both feet are in the air at the same time. This “flight” phase of the running gait occurs no matter how fast or how slow we are moving. Landing on one foot from an unsupported position is part of what makes running physically… Read More
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A new study was published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine looking at injury risk in runners using minimalist footwear. I saw one podiatrist exclaim online that this study represented the “end of the minimalist shoe fad”. I find it hard to understand why there is such a push from healthcare professionals to label… Read More
Most running shoes on the market today have raised heels. Many people may not be aware of this, as running shoe manufacturers rarely advertise the heel height of their shoes. The extra material under the heel is usually referred to as cushioning instead. A lot of time is spent educating women about the consequences of… Read More
One of the biggest unanswered questions about running form is whether runners who heel strike will see any benefit from changing to a midfoot or forefoot landing. Most recreational runners strike the ground first with their heel. Proponents of midfoot and forefoot strike landing say that humans evolved to run barefoot, and landing on your… Read More
Heel strike versus forefoot strike: which is better for you? There is a lot of debate in the running world over foot strike. One of the proposed benefits of a forefoot strike is a decreased risk of injury compared to the heel strike pattern seen in most recreational runners. A new study out of Finland has… Read More
Running is primarily thought of as a lower-body activity, but the position of your torso has a big impact on running mechanics. During the 1990’s American sprinter Michael Johnson ran with an upright posture that many coaches considered unconventional. Any criticism that Johnson’s running form was inefficient disappeared when he set the world record in… Read More