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By Dr. Philip Pinsker
April 29, 2014
Category: Running

Do you know how much force is put on your feet while running?

Research has shown that your feet absorb an impact equal to almost three and a half times your body weight while running. If you are a serious runner pounding the pavement several times a week, there is a great amount of force put on your feet that you may not even be aware of. Your feet are definitely aware, which is why runners are prone to foot or ankle problems if they aren’t careful.

Proper Running Form, Foot StrikeLast week, Dr. Phil Pinsker, foot specialist in Washington, PA shared a blog on proper posture while running. Another important factor to remember when running is how your foot strikes the ground. There are many common mistakes a runner can make and how your foot strikes the ground in each stride can affect your running form and increase your chance of injury.

How is my foot supposed to land while running?

There is much debate in the running world around this question with the barefoot trend becoming more popular. With each strike, if you land hard on your heel, a lot of the stress is transferred to your knee because the ankle doesn’t have a lot of give. Try to focus more on landing lightly on the ball of your foot, which acts like a shock absorber.  Instead of a full foot plant, think of trying to scrape your foot across the ground with each strike. Keep a steady speed with your feet in line with your hips. Proper shoes for your feet are also very important.

If you have foot pain while running, Dr. Pinsker can do a full evaluation and gait analysis and find the reason for your discomfort. Bring your running shoes in as well as the wear patterns can also provide clues to the reason for your foot pain. Make an appointment today by calling our podiatric office at (724) 225-7410.

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