Running Doesn’t Contribute to Getting Knee Arthritis Study Shows

RunnersA study published by Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, shows that distance running is unlikely to contribute to the development of arthritis. Long-term studies show that as long as the knees are healthy, running doesn’t increase the risk of developing arthritis, even if someone were older.  

Researchers found that running did in fact produced pounding when striking the ground, but struck the ground less often since the subjects’ strides were longer compared to walking. This finding provides a persuasive biomechanical explanation for why so few runners develop knee arthritis, said Ross Miller now an assistant professor of kinesiology at the University of Maryland, who led the study. Measured over a particular distance, “running and walking are essentially indistinguishable,” in terms of the wear and tear they may inflict on knees.

It is recommended to see a podiatrist like Dr. Bruce G. Greenfield DPM of Greenfield Podiatry If you suspect a problem with your biomechanics and believe it is causing foot pain, ankle pain, or walking instability. Dr. Greenfield can provide solutions to any foot and ankle queries you may have. 
Biomechanics in Podiatry

Podiatric biomechanics is a particular sector of specialty podiatry with licensed practitioners who are trained to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the foot, ankle and lower leg. Biomechanics deals with the forces that act against the body causing an interference with the biological structure and focuses on the movement of the ankle, the foot and the forces that interact with them.

A History of Biomechanics

- In 1974 biomechanics gained a higher profile from the studies of Merton Root, who claimed that by changing or controlling the forces between the ankle and the foot, corrections or conditions could be implemented to gain strength and coordination to the area.

Modern technology improvements are based on past theories and therapeutic processes providing a better understanding of podiatry concepts for biomechanics. Computers provide accurate determinations about the forces, moments and patterns of the foot and lower legs with the most important information captured.

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