Tag Archives: Podiatrist

Gait Analysis For Runners

Gait analysis is a procedure done to determine the running style of a runner. There are three types of running styles. These are over pronators, neutral and under pronators.

Gait analysis is done by specialist companies or offered inside running shoe shops. A salesperson typically videotapes customers running on a treadmill to figure out what type of stride they have.

Over pronators

Over pronators tend to land on the very outer edge of the heel. It is estimated 70% of runners over pronate.

Neutral

Thought to be the perfect running style. The body weight is well balanced from the heel to the front foot.

Under pronators

This ones are rare.

Doctors Advice

Runners are advised to get their running gait analyzed to determine their running style. Once you know your running style you can know the best type of running shoe to buy or alternatively you can buy special shoe inserts (known as orthotics and prescribed by a podiatrist) to rebalance your running stride.

Using the correct running shoe greatly reduces your chances of contracting an injury.

For a video demonstration of gait analysis visit fitness Uk.com

Barefoot Running Injuries Stats

2010 will go down as the year when barefoot running became a craze. The running fraternity was bombarded with research papers telling us why going barefoot is the way to run.

Image courtesy of madetorun.com

The scholars told us barefoot running prevents hurtful running injuries! Really?

Now there is growing evidence barefoot running is causing injuries, from aching heels, ankles and top of the foot. Doctors are reporting seeing a rise in barefoot running injuries.

Steve Pribut, a Washington, DC podiatrist and one of America’s most respected running injury specialists, says he has experienced a recent influx of barefoot runners at his office as well. And, asked by email whether he could confirm a barefoot running injury trend in his clinical experience, Lewis Maharam, a.k.a “Running Doc,” replied with two words: “Oh, yeah!”

From Running Network Barefoot running epidemic.

I just have had the opportunity to meet up with 3 ‘barefoot runners’. Only one of them is still doing some drills barefoot; the other two were disillusioned because of the injuries. One with stress fractures from his Vibrams; and the other could not shake “Top of Foot Pain” – it was not until he went back to his running shoes would it go away, only to return again when he tried to transition.

It was the nature of the “Top of Foot Pain” in barefoot running that intrigued me, so I did some looking up and it is commonly reported by barefoot runners.

From Podiatry Arena Barefoot running.

Surgery For Runner’s Injuries

While majority of running injuries (runners knee, ankle sprain, shinsplints, Achilles tendinitis etc) are treatable by home therapy of rest, massage and pain killers some cases are severe and may require surgery treatment.

Running times have a series on running injuries and in this weeks podcast, Sport podiatrist Brian Fullem discusses advances in surgical techniques for runners that enable a faster return to running.

To listen to the podcast click RunningTimes-ModernFootSurgeryForRunners835.mp3

You may also download the podcast by right clicking on the link and click save.