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FITNESS_ELLE Posts: 990
2/19/13 2:44 P

great! thanks for the tip :) I'll go to a specialty store and get fitted for the right shoe.

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2/19/13 2:02 P

That could be an issue with your shoes. I was having hip pain on really long runs (10+ miles) a few years ago, and when I got fitted for running shoes at a specialty store, I learned I'd been wearing shoes designed for a completely different foot type. I got shoes that suited my type, and haven't had any pain since.

FITNESS_ELLE Posts: 990
2/19/13 1:45 P

I like my old stride, but after about a month or so I begin to have some pain in my hip. What am I doing wrong?

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2/18/13 10:23 P

Barefoot running is definitely not for everyone. If you were comfortable and injury free with your old stride, why fix what's not broken?

Edited by: BEANBYDESIGN at: 2/18/2013 (22:24)
FITNESS_ELLE Posts: 990
2/18/13 10:10 P

I tend to have longer stride length. My husband got on a barefoot running kick and was trying to get me to join in... the form is very different - shorter strides and using the balls of your feet more. It was really hard for me to follow that style, and I lost all enjoyment from running... I'm not quite sure whether this means I can continue running with my normal form or if I should try a different exercise altogether. I really don't want to get injured again. I think I will definitely get fitted for shoes - thanks for the tip!

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 55,900
2/18/13 1:46 P

Hi Elle

The previous posters have given you some good advice. Were you fitted for your running shoes at a specialty running/walking store? if not, I would highly recommend it because bad shoes can give you all kinds of problems.

From personal experience, I know my stride changes between the treadmill and the road. I'm not sure exactly why, but here's some info I found from Runner's World:

"Recent research indicates that running form, in particular stride length, differs between road running and treadmill running. Studies found that some runners increase their stride length on the treadmill while others shorten it, but what is important to note is that almost all runners change their stride between the road and the treadmill."

I agree that high impact exercise doesn't have to lead to injury, and a good way to avoid that is to do a combination of high and low impact activity.

Hope that helps,

Coach Jen

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2/18/13 11:02 A

High impact exercise can definitely cause joint pain, but I'm a little skeptical of your doctor's claim that running on a treadmill causes you to run "unnaturally" - I would think that if you have poor running form, it's poor across the board, and you could hurt yourself on a treadmill or a trail with bad form. I've been a runner for years and there's no variation between my form on the treadmill and my form on the street, but maybe that's just me.

LOTUS737 Posts: 2,033
2/18/13 10:05 A

In my experience high impact is obviously harder on the joints. Proper form is important- do you use proper form on the treadmill? A lot of us get sloppy with form- no hanging on to the handles or using them to keep us upright when we put the incline super high! If you use a very high incline on the treadmill I would recommend reducing that and seeing how it goes.

Proper shoes are very important- I use inserts to prevent my metatarsalgia from acting up; it doesn't cure it but the inserts help prevent flares.

I don't know enough to be able to speak to the poor squat form and hip pain.

So my non-medical advice is to:
1. warm up (you already know yo should do this- save the stretching for after you're done)
2. get a good pair of shoes/inserts. tell the store employee what type of exercises you do most often so they can help you out- you need different shoes for treadmill v. outdoor running as I understand it
3. try injecting some lower impact cardio into your routine once or twice a week to cross train and give your joints some rest- elliptical/biking are good options (so is swimming if you like it!)
4. focus on proper form at all times. it's better to do 4 squats with perfect form than 20 with poor form!

from personal experience, i will say that sometimes your body tells you what works for you. after i had a back spasm, i went to physical therapy- the pt was convinced i should switch to treadmill and not elliptical b/c he thought it would be easier on my back. after testing them out, we found that the treadmill severely aggravated my back and the elliptical didn't- surprising, but that's what works for me! so sometimes you have to try things out to see what works for you. back off on the resistance/incline and slowly work your way back up with proper form

hope something in there is helpful!

FITNESS_ELLE Posts: 990
2/18/13 9:50 A

I injured my hip running on a treadmill and possibly doing squats in a hurry/with bad form. My doctor seems to think it was more the result of running on the treadmill, because it causes most people to run in an unnatural way... I know that I should stretch and warm up before exercise, but I am wondering if the right shoes could also help? Is all high-impact exercise risky in terms of potentially causing injury?

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