Land Softer, Run Faster

In our last post, we spoke about how an in-depth gait analysis performed by a physiotherapist or pedorthist can be a great way to prevent running injuries. In this post, we are talking about your stride.

The biomechanics of your stride affects both your safety and your speed. Running with a forefoot strike can reduce your risk of stress fracture, and now new Harvard research shows that forefoot running puts more spring in your step. This technique immediately puts force on your arches so they act like springs, explains researcher Adam Daoud.

By contrast, heel striking stretches your arches after your forefoot and heel have touched the ground, producing less energy to propel you forward. Another possible spring snatcher: too much arch support in your shoes.

Disclaimer! Current trending footwear sell their products with claims that forefoot striking is the best for everyone, however this is not the case–especially for those with lower limb pathologies. If you are wondering if “barefoot running”, “forefoot striking”, or “mid-foot striking” is right for you, contact your Sheddon Physiotherapist at (905) 849-4576

By Dana Clark