Osteopath, Adam Robertson, shares with us how running performance can be impaired with issues arising from your big toe.
The Problem: Big toe issues
When you run you have to move your big toes. If they don’t move as they should then your running performance will suffer. Tightness in the joint of your big toe, holds your stride length back by at least a few centimeters with every step. This matters, as over a distance of 10k those few centimeters add up to a frustrating slower time.
If ignored it can lead to:
- Early stage osteoarthritis is called Hallux Limitus
- Later stage osteoarthritis is called Hallux rigidus
- Ankle issues
- Foot issues like plantarfasciatis
When you are standing can you raise your big toe independently off the ground? (more…)