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Old 02-06-2009, 09:13 AM   #1
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Running technique

I've got a client that rolls to the outside of her foot while running. It's starting to cause her a lot of pain. So far we've been addressing this with new shoes about once a month, but that has now ceased to be effective. Any ideas on how to correct this?
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Old 02-06-2009, 10:03 AM   #2
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Re: Running technique

Is it one foot or both? Is there a previous injury? Are their any outstanding lower body flexibility inbalences?
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Old 02-06-2009, 12:10 PM   #3
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Re: Running technique

Well, shoes aren't the answer. Neither are orthotics IMO.

Working the ankle stabilizers especially eversion will probably help. The problem may not be in the ankles themselves but up higher at the hips... depends on the person.

She have supinated feet?
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Old 02-10-2009, 09:02 AM   #4
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Re: Running technique

There are no known issues or injuries. the running does look funny; kind of child-like, if you know what I mean. Could this be a technique issue?
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Old 02-10-2009, 09:12 AM   #5
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There are no known issues or injuries. the running does look funny; kind of child-like, if you know what I mean. Could this be a technique issue?
Probably. Kids aren't known to run with good technique... technique is taught.
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Old 02-10-2009, 09:21 AM   #6
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Re: Running technique

It does sound like bad technique. Got a video of your client running with shoes on and barefoot?

If not, try to have them run on a treadmill and take footage of their stride & footstrike from the front, back, and sides for a few minutes. Slow it down when you're watching and you should be able to tell what's up.
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Old 02-13-2009, 08:39 PM   #7
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Re: Running technique

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Probably. Kids aren't known to run with good technique... technique is taught.
I beg to differ. Ever seen a child run? IMO everyone knows how to run. It's those fancy air-cushioned stability shoes that throw us off.

to the OP: Have you tried teaching her POSE? Do you know POSE?

I agree that new shoes won't fix it (maybe different shoes), and I don't really know what will help her. I guess I don't know what you mean by "child-like" because I think children are great runners.

Can you take any video?
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Old 02-13-2009, 10:22 PM   #8
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Re: Running technique

Okay, well, admittedly I haven't seen any children run without shoes in a while....

but yeah, the stuff I've seen with shoes is atrocious. -_-
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Old 02-14-2009, 11:53 AM   #9
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Re: Running technique

Running barefoot gets you part of the way there. Forefoot landings are the norm barefoot, b/c heel strikes are painful.

From there, POSE can feel very unnatural for some people, for other it comes easy. Many of us have succumbed to the 'trophy runner' method. If you've ever seen a trophy from a track meet, the little man on top has the leading knee high and the trailing leg fully extending behind. Bad form on both counts.

Some of the POSE videos online are very good, but I've found it's difficult to learn from written instruction and videos - I thought I had it nailed until they video taped me at the CFE cert.

It takes time, effort and discipline to make POSE technique your 'default' running style. Stick with it, the effort is well worth it.
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