I believe that heel striking has caused me lower back pain as the pain goes away after a few days of not running.

I believe that heel striking has caused me lower back pain as the pain goes away after a few days of not running. What are your thoughts of landing on the balls of your feet instead?

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  1. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Heel striking always felt the most natural for me but everyone says it's bad for you. Which way am I supposed to strike then? Mid hurts my shins and forefront feels like I'm running on my tippie toes

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Just ran earlier this morning. I tried running more forefront which was very awkward and alot of friction on my foot. While I did not think I would be able to run long distance, I felt I could sprint faster and even felt more athletic like I could "juke" in football. Lower back seems to not be sore like it otherwise would be. Will definitely keep trying forefoot striking.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        >I felt I could sprint faster and even felt more athletic like I could "juke" in football.
        just for the record: under no circumstances could you ever juke me, I would tackle you several yards behind the line of scrimmage (and likely force a fumble that I would return for a touchdown)

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          Thanks for letting us know

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            you are most welcome. I also neglected to mention that I would get to make sex on several of the hottest cheerleaders afterwards.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Imagine you ate pulling the ground underneath you as you go. Try to land your foot underneath your torso rather than out in front of you. Don't worry so much about heel vs mid vs fore

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        This is a tip I've been given too.
        What people fail to mention is you're supposed to lift your chin and push out your chest too, else it won't work.
        My posture used to be so shit it almost felt like I was leaning backwards when it finally clicked how I was supposed to run "correctly".

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >Mid hurts my shins
      Weak tibialis
      >forefront feels like I'm running on my tippie toes
      You're nopt supposed to only use the forefront, it is a shock-absorber to enable the heel to touch the ground safely. Without that buffer all the force of impact goes straight through the knee which is why so many people have fricked knees because of a lifetime of heelstriking even when walking, caused by modern shoes that crunch the feet up with big padded heels to encourage heelstriking.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      I land on my heel but not like a hard strike onto my heel, it's more of a rolling impact. When I sprint, I land on the balls of my feet, the whole foot never even touches the ground.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        I get it, but the general consensus is that even this rolling impact heel striking is bad.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      clubfoot geneticlet, enjoy being subpar

  2. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    The actual important part isn't where your foot lands its the angle of attack. You want to avoid the impact angle shown in the first image. Landing on the ball may help your hips/back whatever but if you are still stopping your momentum every stride you haven't improved much.

  3. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    That is incorrect. Lower back pain from is from systemic fatigue and not anything to do with heel striking. You are also following an old and outdated paradigm. good luck finding your self out of that. Barbell Medicine. Allan thrall video on running.

  4. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I don't know about your rooning memes, but I have done 7 years of marching band. Efficient and low impact usage of your foot for mobility is going to be achieved through making contact with your heels, but you need to commit effort to perform a full "roll" from your heel to the ball of your foot and to your toes. You should definitely not being absorbing all of that downard impulse with just the heel, you need to ride the momentum while rolling the foot to spread out that impact. The other benefit of rolling your feet is that (1) your vertical motion will naturally be reduced, lowering the impact even further, and (2) you will have extremely toned calves from the foot motion that make extended periods of jogging as easy as walking after conditioning.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Marching is fundamentally walking, though, which is is a very different locomotion from running.

  5. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >heel striking

  6. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    1. measure your cadence (strides/minute)
    2. aim for a cadence over 160 (80 per leg)
    3. your overall performance (speed, breathing, heart rate, etc) will worsen temporarily as you have become accustomed to your stride technique, which you must break before runnign with a correct technique
    4. as you adapt to a higher cadence, you will naturally start running further forward on your foot, move towards a straighter foot position, reduce overstride, etc etc. basically all technique flaws are downstream from low cadence.

    to hit my cadence target i curated a playlist of songs at 80-100 bpm, then counted my right stride to be at least the bpm in my ear

  7. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    My feet have balls?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Pee is stored in the feet.
      That's why they can swell and that's what water weight is.

  8. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    ive been trying to learn toe striking on minimalist running shoes for 6 months.
    i keep having problems with the bones in the balls of my feet being very sore after a run.
    will my bones eventually get denser or something?
    any tips
    i weight 205 lbs and run on hard surfaces so

    at least my foot ligaments arn't killing me after 5 minutes anymore like at first

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      spread it over towards your toes and where your toes connect. you may be hitting the floor with a little overpronated feet. basic physics say the area of surface gets small, the pressure that area is getting increases so yeah try to spread that weight over a bigger area a little

  9. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    alright listen up here. imagine your knees and ankles are made out of glass for a second and you have to run. how would you do it? go ahead and try, you'll witness how your body creates a stride right on the spot that has least possible impact on your joints. landing on toes, small steps, slight bend in knees, near zero head bob etc etc analyze that form and work from there.
    ah also, big steps naturally create heel strikes and create riddiculus impact throughout your body. avoid it by making tiny steps, keeping your feet not leaving too far away from your torso.

  10. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I had the same problem, use drop zero shoes
    Never had any pain since I started using them

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