Is the treadmill bad for me?

Most treadmill users are unaware of the possible injuries that could be caused by using a treadmill.  These injuries don’t happen right away but grow over time to become a more serious problem.  The main problem with the treadmill is that it actively pulls your feet back which starts a chain of events that lead to muscle imbalances.  When your foot gets pulled back the foot flexors and gluteals are not being actively contracted.  Also the hip flexors get stretched passively which can cause additional compensations.

The solution is to stagger treadmill use with outdoor running and set your treadmill to a speed and incline where you feel you are actively using your feet to push the “ground” vs. your feet getting pulled back.

To review proper treadmill use in detail, feel free to discuss with one of our doctors.