Run Stride Analysis
Run Right is an exciting and innovative concept in run training developed exclusively by the expert physical therapy staff at Premier Physical Therapy. It is a multidimensional approach designed to help new and experienced runners with their running form. Not only are we physical therapists, we are also experienced runners that understand from personal experience the importance of good form and the right shoe. Our goal is to help you to become a better, stronger and faster runner. Good technique is essential in performing to your maximum potential while limiting risk of injury.
So What is Run Right?
We use specified physical screens and slow motion video to analyze your running form. We can use this information to identify a source of pain or reduce your injury risk. Then, we develop an individualized rehab program to meet your goals. Whether that is reduce pain, improve mechanics, or increase speed and performance. Running analysis is also important when buying shoes. The style of shoe you wear can have a great effect on your running mechanics or injury risk, and we can make sure you’re in the right shoe.
Who Would Benefit
- Beginning runners
- Return to running from injury
- Training for marathon, 1/2 marathon, 10k, 5k
- Runners experiencing back, hip, knee, or ankle pain
- Decreased performance due to early fatigue or pain
- Buying new running shoes or checking best fit
- We work closely with shoe companies who provide personalized shoe/foot analysis
Common Running Terms & Definitions
Heel Strike-Describes a common running form where the heel makes the initial contact with the surface. Normally this is the outside edge of the heel, this is why so many runners have a wear pattern on the outside edge of their heels. Associated with increased risk of anterior knee pain.
Forefoot Strike-Describes initial contact being made at forefoot instead of the heel. The heel then slowly drops close to the ground before rebounding into push off. Also called “natural” running, because this is how you would run without shoes on. That being sad, must of us have run with shoes since a young age, and trying to change mechanics suddenly can lead to achilles tendinitis and plantar fasciitis.
Loading Response-Describes the period of time from Initial Contact to when the foot is flat on the ground (for heel striker). For a forefoot striker this describes to the point of maximum heel drop as your stance leg accepts full weightbearing
Pronation-Motion of the foot as it rolls inward, or as the inside arch of your foot comes down (opposite of supination). Normal process of running, after your foot makes contact with the ground, but can become a problem for people who overpronate, underpronate, or pronate to quickly.
Supination-Motion of the foot in which it rolls outward or the inside arch raises up, opposite of pronation. Normal running mechanics start in supinated position, then pronate, then return to a supinated position from midstance moving forward
Stance Phase-Period of time when the foot is in contact with the ground. There is a period of time where both feet are in stance phase, but during the other portion the other leg will be in Swing Phase