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comment My knees hurt after I run and my feet point out or knees point in
As for your knees vs. your feet - it simply doesn't matter where they point. My right foot angles outwards even more than my left when I run. Doesn't cause any problems. Barefoot running won't necessarily change the orientation of your knees or feet - just help you run healthier. You don't need them to line up just so in order to stop your knees from hurting. Don't try to force them to line up when you run - point them where it feels most comfortable and natural, and let the rest of your body adjust.
Feb
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comment My knees hurt after I run and my feet point out or knees point in
If you can truly discipline yourself to only run on the balls of your feet with shoes on (which is what sprinters basically do), then yes, it would be very similar to barefoot running. The trick is, with cushy shoes, it's just too easy to let the shoe take the shock (especially as you get more tired). Barefoot/minimal shoes force you to maintain the right stride.
Feb
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comment My knees hurt after I run and my feet point out or knees point in
FYI - expect to experience some serious calf soreness at first. Heel-strike running doesn't work your calf/achilles area near as much as forefoot-striking. This is normal. I could barely walk the day after my first race. But this is completely different from joint/knee pain. Gentle, consistent training will strengthen your muscles (whereas no amount of training will fix your bum knee).
Feb
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comment My knees hurt after I run and my feet point out or knees point in
As for knee pain - it was gone from the very first run. When you're not striking your heel, you're not pounding your legs or joints. Your whole foot/ankle/leg becomes a big, natural shock absorber (now that you're using it the way evolution intended). From that first barefoot run onwards, my limiting factor is not knee pain (either during or afterwards), but cardio endurance and calf strength. I worked myself up to running 5k's in under 29 minutes, and not once, even after pushing myself hard in a race do I ever have knee pain. My legs might be jelly, but absolutely no knee pain.
Feb
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comment My knees hurt after I run and my feet point out or knees point in
When you run barefoot, your gait changes immediately, because it's too painful to run like you normally do in shoes. The amazing thing is, your body naturally knows what to do, and with the added sensory input from your feet, automatically (in order to avoid discomfort) changes your gait. You're basically springing off the balls of your feet the whole time. Expect to be rather slow at first. I just ran around the block, on the sidewalk or in the middle of the street. You can start out completely barefoot on a treadmill to see how it changes your gait.
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answered My knees hurt after I run and my feet point out or knees point in