Your running form does matter, since it influences how your body responds to the hard impacts on the ground. The right form helps your body absorb impacts safely and avoid a variety of injuries. The wrong form can strain your muscles and contribute to foot pain. Running tips on form encourage you to leave your arms loose, avoid twisting your body too much, and take appropriately sized footsteps. Keep your head upright and your spine straight. Don’t clench your hands, either.Other tips include wearing the right shoes, warming up properly, and drinking enough water. Your shoes protect your feet, so the right kind for your foot type is important. Warming up gets your legs and feet prepared to work, so you are less likely to injure yourself. Water is vital for body functions, so drinking plenty helps you avoid dehydration and the muscle pain that can come with it. If you’re concerned about your form, let us help. Contact Mitchell Wachtel, DPM in North Andover, Lowell, and Haverhill, MA, for an appointment. Just call (978) 794-8406 or use the website to reach us.