Hip alignment issues, often diagnosed as a leg length discrepancy, can contribute to injuries ranging from IT Band Syndrome to Achilles tendinitis. There are numerous potential causes, both running and non-running, but the good news is there are ways to eliminate or avoid hip misalignment.
Running form improvements – specifically becoming a lighter foot striker, and landing with your foot under the body – offer the opportunity for significant performance gains and consistent injury-free training. Here is one journey to work through a range of imbalance and immobility issues to allow such improvements to happen.
You can find advice from many sources on how to improve your running form. What is too often missing is the advice to focus on one thing at a time, lest you become overwhelmed trying to address too many “issues” at once and risk doing more harm than good.
If you are looking to boost your flexibility or mobility and not finding what you need from traditional static stretching approaches, it’s time to explore Active Isolated Stretching (AIS). Here’s a bit about the practice and my experiences in taking Phil Wharton’s 21-day challenge.
After trying the self-treatment and physical therapy routes, I found far greater gains in my rehabilitation from Achilles tendinitis by going the active release technique (ART) route.