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I noticed that when I'm running I'm using my right foot more than my left foot (I'm right handed). I'm pretty sure that this is bad form. What's the best way to stop doing that?

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How did you diagnose this? – user3085 Jul 21 '12 at 0:58
Not sure what you mean by using one more than the other? It's running, you use them pretty equally, unless you're hopping. Can you describe your gait, so we have an idea of what you're wanting to correct? – JohnP Jul 21 '12 at 1:40
@Sancho my right foot hurts more than the other (which doesn't hurt), and when I'm running, I'm noticing that that foot is pushing harder and faster than my left. – Hamlet Jul 21 '12 at 1:48
@JohnP see here – Hamlet Jul 21 '12 at 1:49
Ok, if you are running and it is hurting, then you have something else going on. Form may be contributing, but unless something is seriously akimbo, then you have an injury, old shoes, something that needs to be looked at as well. – JohnP Jul 21 '12 at 4:10

Focus on maintaining an even cadence. You could listen to a metronome app on your phone, or find a song that has the cadence you're trying to achieve. If you maintain an even cadence, you'll likely be using each leg/foot the same amount.

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A few things that come to mind:

  1. Get checked for a leg length discrepancy. There are solutions.
  2. Consider getting some inserts for your shoes.
  3. Get one of these:
  4. When you run, don't swing your arms crazily - this can throw off your entire stride. Think of your elbows like elbowing somebody directly behind you, not large, flailing motions.
  5. Go see a podiatrist, you may have a number of possible problems with your foot.
  6. Keep in mind any past injuries.
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I would advise against #6. Focusing on past injuries is a distraction and could cause overcompensation. You should just think of the form you want not the form (or injury) that you don't want. – user3085 Jul 22 '12 at 21:16

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