your foot falls while jogging can play a big role in
protecting your knees.
physical therapist Laura Gleason said, changing your gait can
protect knees, which bear weight while running.
is really the most important thing," she said.
attention to where your foot falls; it shouldn’t be landing
far in front of your body.
lot of people tend to make initial contact with their foot way
in front of their body when they run, and that causes a lot of
strain up the leg and especially to the front of the
knee," she said.
bit of a forward lean into your running gait she said,
"as if you’re falling."
you think of that forward fall, that can be one of the easiest
ways to tweak your gait yourself," said Gleason, who
works for the Endurance Rehabilitation Program at Athletico
Physical Therapy, in Chicago.
from your ankle, not just bending forward at the hips, she
said, "and then you tend not to strike so far in front of
you or overstride, as we call it."
way is to increase your steps per minute. A quicker cadence
can ease strain on the knee, she said.
you have a very long, slow stride, that can cause a lot of
impact on the knee versus a quicker turnover," she said.
hip strength are also important long-term, she said, to keep
stability throughout the body. And proper shoes are key.
Athletico offers 30-minute injury screens and gait analysis,
filming customers’ runs on a treadmill to see where
technique might be breaking down.
important, don’t ignore or try to fight through an injury.
pain is not normal when you’re running," Gleason said.
"Addressing the issues early on can be very, very helpful
to prevent further injury."