In It For The Long Run

By: Keane Leung BScPT

As you may know, our therapists are getting ready to walk 5K/run 10K for prostate cancer on June 19 for the Fathers Day Run at Burnaby Lake. We welcome you to come join us for a fun day of activities!!

As we prepare for the run, we thought it'd be a good idea to share some running tips on our blog. Follow us on the next series of postings for helpful information about how to run efficiently and avoid injury.

Running Shoes

With the warm weather upon us I am observing more runners hitting the streets in their fancy new running shoes. Coincidentally, we have been seeing more running related injuries come into our clinic too.

Could the two be related? Do new running shoes increase the risk of running related injuries? Are flat shoes better than thick-cushioned shoes? The answers are "possibly", "most likely", and "not necessarily".  

One myth about running shoes is that increased cushioning can prevent injury by reducing shocks to the runner's body. That's how most running shoe companies advertise their products.  In reality, however, clinical and scientific results do not support this fact.  In other words:  shoe cushioning does not reduce the incidence of running injuries.  Instead, strong running muscles and flexible joints are the natural shock absorbers during your run.  

If you are planning on getting new running shoes, keep in mind that any change must be gradual so that your running muscles and joints have time to adapt. To help with your transition to new shoes:

  • Change your shoes gradually
  • Alternate between wearing your current pair and your new pair on runs
  • Transition over a period of 3 to 4 weeks
  • Gradually increase the time you wear your new shoes during a run

Keep a look out for our upcoming blogs to find out more tips to keep you running in tip-top shape.  If you have any questions, drop by the clinic to see one of our physiotherapists, all of whom are runners themselves. We are more than happy to provide you with personalized and running-specific exercises to help you have the best running season this year!    

(Source: Prevention of Running Injuries by Blaise Dubois, B.Sc, P.T., RCAMT, SPD)