Tag: running style

Why do your shoulders ache while running and what you can do about it.

Why do your shoulders ache while running and what you can do about it? One of the most common complaints from runners is that their shoulders are tight or ache during and after their runs. They also feel it in their necks as well. We are bombarded with messages about which shoes to wear, what you should do with your training, or what is wrong with your stride. Many of these one size fits all ideas may be addressing symptoms rather than the problems that make us feel that way. Everyone adapts to their body style, their running style, their Read More »

Running pains; its all in your gait. Here is some helpful advice on improving what may be hurting you.

Running pains; its all in your gait. Here is some helpful advice on improving what may be hurting you. One of the best things we can do for patients who run after they have improved their original complaint is to video their gait on our offices treadmill. Often, they had developed bad running habits that have affected their symmetry, stride and cadence which increases stress on their joints. One of the most common gait compensations is hunching of the shoulders which in effect is like braking. In effect, you are trying to accelerate with your lower body while braking with Read More »

Shod or barefoot; which running style is best according to the NY Times?

Shod or barefoot; which running style is best according to the NY Times? Shod (with shoes) or barefoot, forefoot strike, midfoot strike or heel strike is a discussion that has been gaining popularity. A NY Times article explores this concept using history and our knowledge of who ran barefoot, how fast they ran, and more. There is a growing group of people who believe that we should all run barefoot or close to it. Barefoot runners tend to run slower than those in shoes and they tend to be more midfoot strikers. Shoe wearers are more heel strikers, and those Read More »