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!
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