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How correcting your body before changing your running shoes could help you in a big way.

I was recently in a running shop where they analyse how you run using videos to give advice on new shoes. I caught the end of a conversation where they told a runner that his sore knee is because of his ankle and that he needs more supportive shoes in order to stop his knee rolling in – to make his knee feel better.

This may very well be the case but without a full analysis of how his body is moving I would challenge that his problem could be coming from further up his body.

I, as a runner, would prefer to find out what is wrong with my body, correct it and then go for the shoe analysis. It just seems like a better way round, doesn’t it?

What could be going on with this runner?

Well, without a full screening we don’t know. It could be that he sits a lot at work and his pelvis has got fed up with being in this position for so many hours that some of his muscles have spasmed. This means that they are no longer able to relax resulting in pelvis going out of balance. This can then result in one leg being longer than another. To continue, when you’re running, your knee falls in to make up for the difference in length causing the knee pain.

So, back to the runner. He may have his new shoes solving part of his problem and he’ll feel good for a bit but as he hasn’t sorted out his underlying problem, chances are his knee is going to hurt again.

You can easily prevent this from happening to you.

Before buying new shoes to solve a pain or recurring injury, think about checking out your body’s mechanics first.  In the long run, this could save you time, money, and frustration of recurring pain or injuries. It could also help you see improvements in your running that you didn’t think possible.

If you’d like a biomechanics screening before your next new pair of running shoes, get in touch and we can take a closer look.

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