Before we get you running, we take a look your lower extremity alignment in standing. Testing various running muscles for length and strength gives us valuable information. Some functional tests that may effect your running are performed. Your running shoes will be evaluated for wear patterns, flexibility, motion control, etc.
Assuming you can run pain free for 5 min or so, we will have you run on the treadmill. We will likely get you to try barefoot running and observe the cadence, stride length and foot strike differences it makes. Using video analysis, we can break down your stride in slow motion and frame by frame to reveal what is happening biomechanically. Instant visual video feedback makes it easier for runners to understand the corrections and adjustments that we suggest.
Whether your aim is to improve performance, feel more comfortable running, or prevent injury, we will make recommendations to help you reach your goals. Based on your specific results, this may include strengthening or stretching certain muscle groups, footwear/orthotic suggestions, smart phone apps, and changes to technique and cadence.
Many extended health care plans cover physiotherapy.