Whether you are new to running or a seasoned athlete, understanding your running style and making necessary improvements can significantly improve your running experience. A gait analysis is a measuring stick for your running form, helping you to understand your unique gait and reduce the chances of injury. A gait analysis plays a vital role in enhancing impact absorption and the overall efficiency of your movement. By identifying areas that require attention, you can improve these weaknesses to become a more efficient and injury resistant runner. Among the areas that would be considered are foot strike and position, pronation, running posture, cadence, and stride. Footwear is a critical consideration for runners, and an analysis can help determine the type of running shoes that best suits your unique gait and biomechanics. Additionally, a gait analysis can identify whether custom orthotics designed by a podiatrist would be beneficial. In conclusion, a running gait analysis is a valuable tool that can help you to achieve your goals. To find out more, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist.
All runners should take extra precaution when trying to avoid injury. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists of Best Foot Forward. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.
How to Prevent Running Injuries
There are a lot of mistakes a runner can make prior to a workout that can induce injury. A lot of athletes tend to overstretch before running, instead of saving those workouts for a post-run routine. Deep lunges and hand-to-toe hamstring pulls should be performed after a workout instead of during a warmup. Another common mistake is jumping into an intense routine before your body is physically prepared for it. You should try to ease your way into long-distance running instead of forcing yourself to rush into it.
More Tips for Preventing Injury
- Incorporate Strength Training into Workouts - This will help improve the body’s overall athleticism
- Improve and Maintain Your Flexibility – Stretching everyday will help improve overall performance
- “Warm Up” Before Running and “Cool Down” Afterward – A warm up of 5-10 minutes helps get rid of lactic acid in the muscles and prevents delayed muscle soreness
- Cross-Training is Crucial
- Wear Proper Running Shoes
- Have a Formal Gait Analysis – Poor biomechanics can easily cause injury
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Festus and St. Louis, MO and Edwardsville, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.