Are you still one of those runners who lands on your heel while wearing thick cushioned heel running shoes? You may want to focus on your strike patterns and gait instead of your shoes. Landing on your heel as opposed to striking with your midfoot not only produces more abnormal forces across your foot, it encourages and unnatural gait which can increase the likelihood of overuse injury.
The rear foot strike position provided the highest total forces across the foot while the pressures displayed in subjects with a non-rearfoot strike pattern (NRFSP) was more similar between each of the metatarsals.
Foot (Edinb). 2015 Jun;25(2):89-96. doi: 10.1016/j.foot.2015.02.001. Epub 2015 Feb 12.
Source: Plantar loading and foot-strike pattern changes with speed during barefoot running in those with a natural rearfoot strike pattern while shod. – PubMed – NCBI
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Dr. Nick Campitelli
Dr. Campitelli is a podiatrist in Akron, OH specializing in foot and ankle surgery with an interest and enthusiasm for running as well as helping runners with injuries. For the past several years he has been treating running injuries in patients by fixing their form and transitioning them to minimalist shoes. Having treated runners with all types of injuries through conservative measures with orthotics and shoe gear changes to reconstructive foot and ankle surgery, Dr. Campitelli has brought what works best and is most current to his practice as well as the Akron and Cleveland running communities.