Now That’s What I Call a Heel Strike!

The photo speaks for itself :)

Massive Heel Strike

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  1. Anders Torger says:

    He actually has his knee very much bent at touchdown, so I have seen considerably worse than this. The extreme heel-strike seems mostly to be from the dorsi-flexion of the foot.

  2. Coolsports1997 says:

    “But….I do not want gait advice when buying shoes….I just need more cushioning to help my knee feel better”

  3. A picture speaks a thousand words….

  4. Jason Fitzgerald says:

    Ouch! Knee bandage isn’t surprising, but this would be better (or worse?) if his knee was absolutely straight. There have been some pictures of Meb Keflezighi with a similar “toes up” heel strike position. It’s not all bad, but not very pretty to look at.

  5. RunTraveler says:

    Yep – that knee bandage is no real surprise…

  6. he probably is wondering why he has to wrap his knee when he runs too. 

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