Tight external hip rotator muscles deep inside the hip. This pulls on the hip and externally rotates the leg and foot. Results in foot flare, will exaggerate pronation and alter foot mechanics.
Calf and thigh muscles are often tight and restrictive. This will not allow the leg to absorb impact forces gracefully.
Hip Flexor Tightness…this can weaken the glutes, remember the glute muscles are extremely important for the runner and overall health and function. If the glute is weak, other muscles will have to compensate and work harder.
All of the above are examples of muscular imbalances and soft tissue restrictions that are directly related to plantar fasciitis, back and knee pain, IT-Band Syndrome, and other running conditions.
The 6 principles to injury free running are important, although to go full circle – fix the injury, prevent future injuries, and improve performance – the muscular imbalances and soft tissue restrictions need to be addressed as well.
We all (at some point) have that one stubborn injury – or injuries – that won’t disappear. It can impact performance, work, health, and even relationships.
For example, chronic back pain, problematic knees, a bum ankle and shoulder, or a running issue. Often heard, “I have a difficult time staying active because” – fill in the blank – “I used to run, but now I can’t because – fill in the blank.
Most treatments revolve around ice, medication, rest, and stretches. This is a feel good approach, and yes I agree, we all want to feel good, but we will feel much better once the problem is fixed and we get back to doing the things we enjoy and have passion for.
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If you have any questions or concerns I would like to hear from you.
All the Best
Cole Ellis D.C., ART