"She ran like an insect over water", said Davis who was referring to one of the light-footed runners in her new study out of Harvard Medical School. This study discovered that women runners who never got injured landed more softly (less contact with the ground than other runners) than those who were injured badly enough to seek out care. Women in the study ran a minimum of 20 miles per week.
She found that runners who had the highest vertical average loading rate were the most seriously injured and the runners with the lowest rate were most likely to be uninjured. And although the difference between loading rates was only 50 milliseconds (average runners have a 300 millisecond strike) when repeated thousands of times it can take a toll on the feet and body. When you consider that 30-70% of all runners sustain injuries annually, this is a very significant finding.
Previous research at Harvard focused on heel strikers vs. forefoot strikers, with heel strikers enduring twice the injury rates of forefoot strikers. Other studies have had different results with some concluding that there is no difference in injuries rates between the two type of runners. Perhaps more research is needed since 95% of all runners are heel strikers.
No matter what kind of runner you are you're very likely to get injured at some point in your running career. Whether you have plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, or problems with your ankles Dr. Rion Berg at the Foot and Ankle Center of Lake City has been helping people like you for over 30 years.
Call us today at 206-368-7000 for an appointment, often same day. You can also request an appointment online.
Get our free foot book "No More Foot Pain", mailed directly to your home.
Seattle foot and ankle specialist, Dr. Rion Berg offers foot care for patients with bunions, heel pain, diabetes, fungal toenails, ingrown nails, and surgical solutions when needed to residents of Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood and other surrounding suburbs.