Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Pain Free Running

Do you want to run pain free? please read on if you do.

As you have read from the previous post, the thick heels from your high tech running shoes will encourage you to land with a heavier heel strike. Landing on your heels causes you to pronate (or roll your foot inwards) which then puts stress on your shins (leading to shin splints), knees, hips and your back. This "unnatural" heel strike is partly to blame for causing all sorts of running injuries. The evidence is now considerable and definitely stacking up in the article from the previous post.

Is landing our our heels unnatural you will definitely ask. Well, I'm going to say yes. Next time you happen to be in the company of little children look at how they walk or better still, see how they run. Parents who have kids and are reading this will tell you their little ones are always "falling forwards" as if they are tipping over slightly whether walking or running. And believe me they have a nice smooth style and they are fast. They also have no foot pain (or knee, hip and back pain for that matter) even though they love running around barefooted. Somehow as we grow older, we all stand up taller and walk with our stride out longer and landing on our heels.

We've had patients who have been told never to run again but are able to run pain free and even take part in races after seeing us at Physio and Sports Solutions. How do we do it? We do it by teaching you how to run with good technique so you can run pain free. Similar to how little kids run. Come and join us at our running club (please see the Physio Solutions or the Sports Solutions site for details) or come see us in the clinic.


  1. Hullo Gino,

    Thanks for teaching me how to run pain free.

    I've since been able to run without feeling my current shin splint. I am
    still taking small steps and running quite slow. But I think the body
    just needs to learn and adapt the position. I am also consciously
    walking in this new "pain free" way as well.

    My feedback on ur teaching session

    Thanks, and see you again this Thurs.