February 9, 2018 at 2:34 pm #2422
This might sound like a dumb question at first but after suffering from plantar fasciitis I thought id try to train myself to walk properly!
I know I should probably go see a specialist but I was wondering if any one had any general tips or advice for walking properly?
How do you know when you are walking badly (I know with me I like to slouch around because it sometimes is the most comfort option)?
How can I get into a good habit of walking properly/good posture?
I am thinking of taking a video of my walk and analyzing it. Do you think this is a good idea? Or will I fall into the trap of being too aware of my walking and subconsciously alter it from how I would
I am starting to get a bit of lower back pain as as well as foot pain so something aint right with the way I walk and needs sorting!
Thanks in advance.February 9, 2018 at 2:35 pm #2423
Having had to retrain my run to something broadly passable, my tips as to what it should feel like.(and running is just an extension of walking)
– you are trying to engage your core and glutes, to lift your feet rather than to push through them
– keep your head up and feel like you are pushing your hips forward. You know when you have got this right as you can look to the horizon without any effort (the feeling of having to lift your head) as it sits nicely on top of your spine, rather than slouched out of position
-when you do this you should find your feet lift more naturally whilst moving forward.
– on hills concentrate on lifting the foot that is moving forward, rather than pushing through the foot that is behind.
Hope that helps. Seems the old adage ‘pick your feet up’ is right!February 9, 2018 at 2:37 pm #2424
Make sure your feet are pointing straight ahead, not angled to one side or other.
Sounds simple, doesn’t it? You might be surprised how many people don’t do it. Google “pronation” for more details.
Wear shoes with zero drop (no heel) and walk barefoot like they did in medieval timesFebruary 9, 2018 at 2:38 pm #2425
@newton Yes! That might be one of my biggest problems my feet stick outwards like a penguin quite badly. It feels kind of odd/awkward pointing them forward but I guess I will have to program myself to do it.February 9, 2018 at 2:44 pm #2426
@damon You put all sorts of torsional stress on your legs, joints, pelvis and lower back walking that way. A pair of Footreviver insoles will help, but nothing will help as much or as cheaply as making a conscious effort to walk with your feet pointing straight ahead every time you do it. It is worth persevering as it becomes natural in the end.February 13, 2018 at 1:12 pm #2428
The number one tip that my brother and I were taught by Swiss mountain guides for walking uphill was to make the minimum noise with the feet. Noise is wasted energy. On smooth uphill inclines this means gliding the feet forward not far off the ground, really the opposite to stamping, i.e., lifting the feet no more than necessary (which seems to be the opposite to the advice that has been expressed in this forum). I find it amazing how much the effort of walking uphill seems to diminish when one concentrates on making the minimum noise and avoiding displacing stones etc. It pays to place each foot with care, much like rock climbing.
Beginners to walking, particularly young teenagers, usually clomp their feet and make a hell of a noise.February 13, 2018 at 1:14 pm #2429
Based on running. I would involve a suitably qualified third party if you can. Some things are really difficult to achieve, such as changing from a cross-over gait, without good advice.
Small changes in my running form made such a difference.
Hope you get on well!February 13, 2018 at 3:12 pm #2430
I have just been reading that not all pronation is bad? What is the optimum amount?February 13, 2018 at 3:14 pm #2431
You won’t find the right answer for you to this question on an internet forum; or even in an article on the web, in a book or in a magazine.
Go sort out your own issues with over-pronation and see how you get on. You’ll know what the right answer for you is at some point down the line after you’ve tried addressing the issues you have now, and that’s the work that has to come first, and for several months; so if you start today, review your progress in, say, the middle of June. Yes, you need to give it that long and no, there is no short cut.
You could also see a specialist, get them to video you walking, listen to what they say and, possibly, part with a good deal of cash while you do so. Or you could just start walking without pronation and keep that up for the next four months, then review. If you really want to spend money, buy some Footreviver insoles and put those in your shoes or boots. But you’ll still have to spend that four months getting you feet sorted.
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