When barefoot running and Vibram FiveFingers became popular 5 or so years ago, it became very clear to me that we were beginning to understand running injuries more clearly than we had in the past. We were so focused on controlling pronation and cushioning our foot that we stopped paying attention to how the foot was striking the ground and the influence that these thick heeled running shoes had in the rest of our body.
I was ridiculed and told by many of my colleagues that this was a fad and I was “hurting” my patients by advising against the motion controlling shoes and orthotics. Well, for those of you who have followed the running shoe industry, it’s pretty clear this was not a fad. We have seen a complete overhaul in running shoes and now realize the cushioned heels are not what we were needing.
As you will read in this brief article by Coach Jenny, many running shoes now provide the “drop” or heel height of the running shoe. Five years ago the typical drop was anywhere from 12-14mm in height. Now, shoes are customarily 4-6 mm in heel height.
Coach Jenny discusses some reasons why injuries occur from changing heel heights. While true, you can avoid Achilles tendonitis any other injuries by transitioning safely. Any questions? Feel free to ask me in the comments!
One of the blessings of being a coach is this: If you pay attention, you can see trends before they become trendy. Sometimes they are positive, like the value of adding cross-training to your routine. But many times they are negative and can force you down detours during training.
Source: Got Calf, Achilles or Foot Pain? This May Be Why