Running Analysis and Injuries

Get back on your feet and take your running to the next level

Are you an avid runner looking for running analysis to improve your form and prevent injuries? At Dr. Megan Mullin Physical Therapy, we understand that proper running form and gait are crucial for optimizing your performance and reducing the risk of injuries. Our specialized service evaluates your running technique, addresses any issues, and enhances your overall running experience.

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Proper running form can improve your speed and overall performance while lowering your risk of injury. While there is no single running technique that’s best for everyone, the goal is a balanced, efficient gait. Many people have poor walking or running form due to compensation, where some muscles are working harder to make up for weakness or dysfunction in one area. People with overly low or high foot arches may also struggle with overpronation or underpronation, which is when the ankle rolls inward or outward.

Gait analysis by a professional can help you identify compensation, underpronation or overpronation, poor posture, and other problems that make your running less efficient and more prone to injury. Once these problems are identified, you and your physical therapist can work on correcting your running gait. 

Our highly trained and experienced physical therapists will conduct a comprehensive evaluation of your running form and gait. This process involves the following steps:

  1. Initial Assessment: We thoroughly assess your running history, exercise routines, and any previous injuries. Understanding your background helps us identify potential issues and design a personalized treatment plan.
  2. Gait Analysis: Using state-of-the-art technology, we conduct a detailed gait analysis to evaluate your running mechanics. This analysis provides valuable insights into your stride length, foot strike pattern, cadence, and overall posture during running.
  3. Functional Movement Assessment: We assess your flexibility, mobility, and strength to identify any imbalances or limitations affecting your running form.
  4. Video Analysis: To get a comprehensive view of your running form, we record videos of you running from different angles. These recordings help us pinpoint areas that require improvement.

The first step of running analysis is, of course, analysis. The next step is to make changes to correct any gait problems and prevent injury.

Based on the evaluation results, we develop a personalized treatment plan to address the specific areas that need improvement. Our goal is to enhance your running form and boost your running performance. The treatment plan may include the following elements:

  1. Corrective Exercises: We prescribe targeted exercises to improve your balance, mobility, and strength. These exercises address muscular imbalances and help you develop a more efficient and injury-resistant running form.
  2. Running Form Correction: Our physical therapists will work with you to adjust your running technique. Specifically, by making subtle changes to your form, we can help you achieve a smoother and more effective running style.
  3. Injury Prevention Strategies: Preventing injuries is as important as improving performance. We’ll provide strategies and tips to reduce the risk of common running-related injuries.
  4. Training Recommendations: Whether you’re a seasoned runner or just starting, we offer guidance on appropriate training routines, recovery, and pacing to support your progress.

Running with problems like compensation and overpronation not only decreases your performance but also increases the risk of injury and pain, especially since these problems often get worse over time when left untreated. The longer you run with compensation, the weaker the underused muscle will become. In contrast, the other muscles become disproportionately strong, creating an even greater imbalance that may affect your other movements, not just running.

Running analysis can help you find and correct these problems or even prevent them in the first place. A professional like one of our physical therapists at Dr. Megan Mullin PT has the expertise and knowledge to identify subtle gait issues and their solutions. The primary benefits of running analysis include:

  • Injury Prevention: By correcting your running form and addressing imbalances, we help you minimize the risk of injuries, keeping you on track with your running goals.
  • Enhanced Performance: Improved running mechanics lead to better efficiency and performance, helping you achieve your personal best.
  • Personalized Approach: We understand that every individual is unique. Our customized treatment plans cater to your specific needs and goals.
  • Expert Guidance: Our skilled physical therapists are passionate about running and have extensive experience in optimizing running form.

Most running analysis physical therapy is recommendations and tips for you to implement at home. However, you may do some running and corrective exercises during your sessions. Since these may require you to use weak or underused muscle groups, some soreness the first few times is normal.

Retraining your muscles for improved coordination and balance takes time and consistent effort. At first, the new movements and techniques may feel unnatural. They should become easier with time, and soon, you’ll likely notice that your performance improves and running feels more comfortable.

Gait analysis is typically for runners and athletes. It can be especially beneficial if you have an old injury or weak muscle that causes you to compensate or if you have flat or overly arched feet. However, almost any runner can benefit from gait analysis and correction. Additionally, gait analysis can be performed for your walking gait if you are experiencing discomfort or difficulty walking. 

Running analysis can help you recover from a sports injury or prevent one. We may also recommend running analysis PT if you frequently experience sprains and muscle strain since this could be a sign of compensation or poor form. Whatever your situation, your physical therapist will take a personalized approach to help you get the most out of walking, jogging, and sprinting.

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Take the Next Step

If you’re ready to take your running to the next level, Dr. Megan Mullin Physical Therapy is here to help. Our experienced therapists are dedicated to helping runners of all levels achieve their goals and enjoy the benefits of running safely and pain-free. Schedule a running gait analysis with us today and take the first step towards optimizing your performance and enjoying a lifetime of healthy running.