DEAR DOCTOR K: I'd like to start walking more for exercise. Is there a "correct" way to walk in order to reduce the risk of injury?
DEAR READER: Walking comes so naturally to most of us that we may not even give a second thought to proper walking technique. But bad walking habits can lead to a host of problems. What could be more natural than walking? We've been doing it since we were toddlers. It is natural, but in fact a complex series of things happens when we walk. First, your heel touches the ground, absorbing the impact of your weight. As the rest of your foot reaches the ground, your weight shifts forward to the ball of your foot and your toes.