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Biomechanics and Running Strides: What You Need to Know

biomechanics7When we talk about running strides and impact, we usually need to know your weight and running speed. But those numbers alone can’t determine the force of a step. And that’s because we all have different biomechanics. Want to reduce the impact of running on your body? Here’s what you need to know.

Running Strides and Biomechanics

If you want to better understand how biomechanics impact running impact, we can turn to several studies. One University of Delaware study from 2010 aimed to soften running strides by changing biomechanics. And, after a month, those changes were permanent! Thanks to altered biomechanics, study participants ran with softer strides, reducing their injury risk.  and injured themselves less often. But what are biomechanics? And how else can you reduce the risk of running injury? Keep reading to find out.

What Are Biomechanics?

The term biomechanics describes how muscles, bones, tendons, and ligaments work together to make you move. Understanding your personal biomechanics can help you determine (and reduce) your risk for many foot and ankle injuries. And if your biomechanics increase your risk for harder running strides (and injuries) our doctors in Spring and Tomball, TX are here to help.

Biomechanics in Podiatry

When our podiatrists talk about biomechanics, we look at the forces that act against your body, interfering with your natural biological structures. Specifically, we focus on how your ankle and foot move while interacting with external forces.

A History of Biomechanics

– Biomechanical studies date back to ancient Egypt and the first recorded evidence of professional foot care.

– In 1974 biomechanics gained a higher profile from the studies of Merton Root, who claimed that by changing or controlling the forces between the ankle and the foot, you could correct or gain strength and coordination, lessening the impact of running strides.

Today, we can study your biomechanics for areas of weakness. We can also help counteract biomechanics by improving running efficiency with strength training. Also, fitting you for custom orthotics can help offset biomechanical weaknesses to reduce the risk of running injuries.

 

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And, if you have any questions, reach out to our office and request an appointment at our locations in Spring or Tomball, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot ankle injuries.

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