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Forefoot Pain in Chi Running ?

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I recently started followin the Chi Running philiosphy and have developed pain under the ball of one foot. I visited my local podiatrist and he was not familiar with Chi running and simply advised me to go back to the heel strike stype of running. Do you have any other options?

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echifitness
2923 day(s) ago
See my note under the Answer from DocPod.
Regards,
David.
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CraigBPayne
Thanks DocPod for linking to Podiatry Arena!. There is a more recent thread there on Chi Running: http://www.podiatry-arena.com/podiatry-forum/showthread.php?t=79295
and I wrote about my experiences here:
http://podiapaedia.org/wiki/sports-medicine/individual-sports/running/running-technique/chi-running/

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I am not surpised that the Podiatrists did not know about Chi Running. I have heard of it, but do not know a lot about it, so looked it up. It is a technque that uses a forefoot strike as opposed to the more common heel strike. My understanding of running biomechanics is that it takes energy to change and the most efficient style is usually the natural one. There are a lot of ideas, such as Chi, Pose and Barefoot with them all claiming to be more efficient, but the research does not support that.

If the Chi Running is causing pain in the forefoot, then if you do not have a compelling reason to keep running that way, then maybe reverting to heel stike may be a good idea. Without knowing the specific diagnosis that you have, it is a bit hard to give any more specific advice.

What shoes are you using?
I found this on a chi running which may or may not help you and I though this opinion on chi running was helpful. I learnt a lot from these chi running videos.

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echifitness
2923 day(s) ago
ChiRunning does not promote a forefoot landing. ChiRunning suggests a relaxed midfoot (or full-foot) landing and loading.

It is common to move from heel-toe to forefoot when trying to run midfoot (full-foot). In ChiRunning, the lower leg and foot should remain relaxed and landing "soft" with equal pressure across the bottom of the foot.

If there is forefoot pain, then focus on releasing any tension that exists. The Ankle Rolls Body Loosener is a good exercise to sense that. Also, running across sand or cinder or mud or snow will help you very vertical support in the foot without tension/toe-off.

You could also be leaning too much, which can put more pressure on the forefoot.

Here is a ChiRunning Intro Video, explaining the key concepts:
- http://www.eChiFitness.com/chirunningsimplified.html

Enjoy,
David.

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