Tag: dead butt syndrome

Are weak hips and lower leg injuries related? Dr. C weighs in on a Runners World article.

    Are weak hips and lower leg injuries related? Dr. C weighs in on a Runners World article. Why do runners and other athletes have shin, knee, ankle problems, and stress fractures? A recent Runners World post suggests that 1960s Australian great Ron Clarke’s assertion of too strong a core and hip flexors that are too weak will lead to injuries in the lower leg. A while back, an orthopedist coined the term “Dead Butt Syndrome” which caused a swell of frustrated runners to wonder if they had that problem. Unfortunately, we are a series of connected parts that Read More »

Dead Butt Syndrome and other fairy tales affecting those who run

Dead Butt Syndrome and other fairy tales affecting those who run A few weeks ago, I read an article that was posted on the NY Times website regarding something called Dead Butt Syndrome (http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/12/21/when-the-diagnosis-is-dead-butt-syndrome/).  Apparently, this is a problem with the gluteus medius (one of the larger muscles in the butt) which is this person. The person who wrote this article is a veteran runner and as she said “For people who have persistent pain, it’s healing gone wrong,” Dr. Bright said. “That gluteus medius isn’t firing the way it’s supposed to. You’re getting an inhibition of the muscle fibers. Read More »