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Your Foot Strike and Running Injuries

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Foot Strike Injury While RunningHelping Restore Ability is a local nonprofit organization dedicated to helping individuals with disabilities remain self-sufficient so they can live in their own homes, stay employed and/or in school, and remain independent. If you are interested in helping this worthwhile group, you can participate in the Heart and Sole 5k and 1 Mile Fun Run on Saturday, February 14 at Winfrey Point – White Rock Lake. The mile run starts at 8:30 am and the 5k begins half an hour later at 9:00 am, with breakfast and activities afterward. As you train for this worthy cause, it’s important to be knowledgeable about foot strike injuries that you can face.

Foot strike has become a subject of wide-ranging studies as of late. Researchers have wondered if heel-striking, midfoot-striking, or running on your forefoot is the best method for preventing injury. The goal of studies is typically to find the system that produces the least amount of musculoskeletal stress and reduce the number of foot strike injuries. The general consensus is that natural variance exists, and that can be okay.

Potential injuries from foot strike on the ground include: tibial stress fractures, metatarsal stress fractures, knee pain, Achilles tendon injuries, and plantar fasciitis. Metatarsal stress fractures and Achilles tendon injuries are a greater risk for those who run on the forefoot, but this same strike pattern potentially decreases incidents of the other three injuries.

In addition to which part of the foot strikes the ground, another biomechanical part of your gait that can relate to injuries has to do with pronation issues. Pronation is the rolling motion that a foot goes through during a running step. An overpronation motion means that the foot rolls excessively, which is the opposite of supination. Overpronation leads to pain in the ankle, knee, and hip joints. This is caused by the lower limbs rotating further than they are intended. Supination can result in greater occurrences of stress fractures, because forces are not being absorbed as they should.

When you have foot strike injuries or ankle issues that crop up with racing or training, we are here for you. Come see Dr. Gene Reister and the caring staff at Richardson Podiatry Associates and receive the effective treatment you need. Call (972) 690-5374 or use our online form to schedule an appointment today!

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