It’s springtime and many people are out running for fitness and fun. One question many runners have is how you should run to avoid sports injuries. These include middle or lower back pain, and foot injuries such as Plantar Fasciitis and Achilles Tendinitis.

Unfortunately, not all running experts agree. In fact, some podiatric physicians tout a lack of research that either mid-foot or heel striking is better than the other.

“Heel striking has received more negative press than it deserves. The evidence simply doesn’t support the theory that everyone should run with a mid-foot or forefoot strike to avoid injury. Yes, different footstrike types alter loading mechanics and stress joints and tissue differently. But in doing so, it often shifts the problem from one area to another.”

So, what can runners keep do to avoid foot injuries and musculoskeletal problems?

The Guardian Suggests:

“Studies show between 50 and 80 percent of runners injure themselves every year. Many overuse injuries result from a runner applying too much force on a repetitive basis. There is one way to reduce the chance for injuries. This includes running with the least possible stress on your system with the least metabolic cost…”

So, try changing up your routine by running on different surfaces such as grass, sand and pavement. Rotate different socks and running shoes. And keep your running off the treadmill and outside where the terrain varies. These can all contribute to decreased stresses and reduced foot injuries.

If you do experience pain while running it is important to reach out to a sports medicine doctor sooner than later. Sports medicine can get you back to running pain free without foot injuries. Spinal Rehab Sports Medicine can help create a custom sports injury treatment plan that will have you back on the road, trail or track, fast.