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Fascinating body-geek discovery [Feb. 5th, 2012|01:31 pm]
I'm still having sciatic issues, and I finally found one of the sources of it. This is kind of cool.

A lot of people are taught to run by landing on the heel, and then rolling forward. I've seen other people say that, no, heels are for standing - that big *clump* on your heel is bad for you. I started running more on the balls of my feet - the front of my foot lands first, and I let my weight come down. The heel might absorb shock, but I'm not trying to land on it. Once I did this, my knee problems vanished, and I found that it was comfortable to run in a ratty old pair of sneakers. I think this is what led to my sciatic problems - I think I finally found that my hips were too locked up to do this for too long.

My hip has released a lot; it no longer feels as seized up as it used to.

Now - now, the biggest source of pain is if I put weight on my left heel. And that's also where my leg still wants to turn out. My left foot doesn't want to point forward when my heel is on the ground.

It also hurts - toothache-y, icky pain when I do this.


Raise your hand if you're surprised that I keep intentionally putting weight on my left heel. Yeah. Didn't think so.

I wonder how much of this is a guy thing (or an exerciser thing) and how much is just a human thing.

(To be fair, it does feel kind of like a pain that might go away - like something might pop back into place, or whatever.)

[User Picture]From: hopeevey
2012-02-05 10:37 pm (UTC)
I would totally do the same thing in similar circumstances, especially if it seemed like something that might shift if poked enough.

Yay for finding a solution for a lot of pain! I may shift to a mid-foot strike when I start running again. Given I'm still over 200 pounds, I figure I'll take any help staying pain-free I can get :)
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[User Picture]From: woodrunner
2012-02-05 10:50 pm (UTC)
I'd suggest Googling barefoot running -- you might find some useful advice for adjusting your running style (which emphasizes running on the balls of your feet lightly, rather than on your heels) and training tips to get there. I've been doing that for a while (although more like "near-barefoot", since I'm wearing running shoes with zero heel elevation) and I find all of my sciatic/knee/calf/ankle pains have pretty much disappeared.

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From: kightp
2012-02-05 11:32 pm (UTC)
(Re-replying to put this in the right place. Jeez, you'd think I was out of practice with LJ or something)

Not just a guy thing. It's like having a toothache and then being constitutionally unable to keep from prodding it with one's tongue ...
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