Sore Calves? Achilles Problems? Stress Fractures? Plantar Fasciitis? Get Off Your Damn Toes!

Calf pain: When we first transition to a midfoot strike, sore calves can be expected for a week to several weeks. This soreness feels just like the soreness we’d experience after we begin weightlifting. If soreness develops after about a month, we’re probably doing it wrong. Foot pain: Some degree of soreness of the foot is expected when transitioning, but this pain usually subsides after a month or two. If the pain lasts longer, it may be due to excess stress on the metatarsals from running on our toes and not allowing the heels to touch. Blisters: This isn’t quite as reliable as the previous two, but can still be a valuable clue. When we don’t allow our heel to touch we tend to also “toe off” by plantarflexing the foot immediately before the foot leaves the ground, which often causes blisters to form on the tips of our longest toes. The paint trick: We can do a simple te...

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