Back in October I had the opportunity to sit down with Rik Scarce and film two hours of footage for a running documentary he is producing. I will be posting some clips of this interview over the next several months.
Here’s a short clip on why the toe off or propulsion phase of gait is much different from what is described in walking mechanics and should be avoided to reduce injury. If you run with an exaggerated heel strike with an outstretched leg, your entire body has to them follow through and pass over the foot. In doing so, you end up placing a large amount of force onto the great toe. When one lands with a midfoot or forefoot strike, there is less force being placed onto the great toe joint as the knee and thigh tend to drive forward and avoid the “proplusion” to the ball of the foot.
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.