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  • Writer's pictureKieran Cummins

Is overstriding the cause of your running injury

Are you a runner who's been sidelined by injuries? You're not alone. Running is a fantastic form of exercise, but it can be tough on your body, especially if you're not using the proper technique. Redrock Physio offers solutions to help reduce running injuries by improving running technique, focusing on issues like overstriding and low cadence.

One of the most common problems that can lead to running injuries is overstriding. This occurs when you take too long of a stride, causing your foot to land too far ahead of your body. This can put extra stress on your joints, leading to injuries such as shin splints, stress fractures, and runner's knee. Our team at Redrock Physio can help you focus on a shorter stride length and a faster cadence to avoid overstriding and reduce your risk of injury.

Cadence is another key factor in preventing running injuries. A low cadence - fewer than 160 steps per minute - can lead to overstriding and other injuries. Our team can help you increase your cadence by using a metronome or running with music that has a high tempo. Aim for a cadence of at least 170 steps per minute and gradually increase as you become more comfortable with the faster rhythm.

Another way to improve your running technique and reduce your risk of injury is to focus on landing midfoot or forefoot instead of on your heel. Landing on your heel can cause a jarring impact, leading to injuries. Instead, try to land lightly on the middle or front of your foot, using your calf muscles to absorb the impact.

Our team at Redrock Physio can also help you engage your core muscles to maintain good posture while running. Keeping your core engaged can help prevent overstriding and improve your running efficiency, reducing your risk of injury.

Don't let running injuries keep you from reaching your goals. By focusing on a shorter stride length, a faster cadence, and landing midfoot or forefoot, and engaging your core, you can reduce your risk of injury and keep running pain-free. At Redrock Physio, our team of experienced professionals can help you achieve your goals by developing a personalized treatment plan to help you improve your running technique and reduce your risk of injury.

Book an appointment today to get back to your favorite activity.


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