Is Heel Striking Bad?



If we go way back to when you first started loading the foot as a bipedal being, when you got to the stage of being able to run, you were most likely landing on your front-foot, first. At that point in your development, your foot and the entire chain was being driven by the ground from the bottom-up. Without any conscious thought on your part.

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Injuries: Think Performance Over Pain



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“He who treats the site of pain is lost”. — Karel Lewitt, Neurologist


If this is your first time reading that quote, I’m betting you’re reading this post from the vantage point of the consumer.

I’m hoping that doctor Lewitt’s quote strikes a nerve with you.  (No pun intended)

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Running Form: Recognizing Patterns and Posture



Our neuromuscular systems are constantly resculpting microarchitecture in the brain and spinal cord and remodeling tissues in the body, modifications that physically embed movement habits.  We become resilient runners not because we are machine — like, but because we evolve coordination patterns tailored to our individual anatomy, capitalizing on strengths, masking deficits. This is visible in each runner’s unique stride “fingerprint” and explains why you can pick out your training partner’s familiar gait through a crowd of other runners.  — The Running Machine Myth, How the body adapts to create efficiency and injury resistance. — by John Kiely

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Skora Phase Review: From the Foot’s Vantage Point



“WE WEAR OUR HEARTS ON OUR SOLES.  Shoes are the best indicator of how people are feeling,” says June Swann, a shoe historian based in Northhampton, England.  To hear Swann tell it, you can chart the rise and fall of prosperity from the elevation of a heel; hear the distant rumblings of war in the configuration of a toe; measure social change by the thickness of a sole.  Every shoe tells a story.”  — Why Every Shoe tells a Story, by Cathy Newman

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