Sounds like a pretty good assessment to me.
I'll add that if you're having consistent calf pains it's almost always the
result of some kind of a form issue. Specifically in your case, the fact
that your foot is pointing out likely indicates that it's over-pronating.
You are likely not letting your heel touch the ground, which is what is
specifically causing the calf pain.
Dr. Wikler has a big section on this particular issue in the online portion
of his book, as regards kids and flat feet, the link's here:
If it's bothering you when your running, then I'd suggest trying some long
walks and hikes to get your feet stronger. If you're near some hills to
hike up, you'll find that you're gripping the ground with your toes as you
On Thu, Oct 14, 2010 at 8:42 AM, d...@danmozell.com <d...@danmozell.com>wrote:
> On Oct 13, 10:31 pm, Alex M <bugzy.ma...
> > General Landing question: when I run my right toes point at a slight
> > outward angle whereas my left foot lands with the toes pointing
> > forward. I never noticed it when I would heel strike, but landing mid-
> > foot has seemed to exaggerate it.
> > anyone else experience this or something similar running barefoot?
> I'm sure there are multiple possible causes. I have this problem in my
> right foot. I believe in my case I learned when young to turn our the
> right foot to balance myself while compensating for a longer right leg
> and a thigh "turn-out" which appears to be the result of the shape of
> my hip-joint. But I also had multiple right ankle sprains many years
> ago and these may have contributed to the problem. I'm trying to work
> on this now and I don't know the extent to which correction may be
> possible. I think some ligaments are probably stretched to far.
> Michael Sandler's "Barefoot Running," advocates gripping the ground
> with the toes (an idea I haven't heard from other barefooters). It
> seems to me this helps to straighten the foot, reducing pronation (yes
> there can be excessive pronation even with barefoot ball of foot
> landing) and changing the forward movement of the lower leg so that
> the knee stays more in line with the toes. This is something I've only
> just started working on this week. I'm guessing that if this works, it
> will be a very slow, gradual change.
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