Orthotics - which type to choose
I was just wondering if you have had any luck with curing you injury. I have been searching the internet for information on running injuries and orthotics as I have exactly the same problem as you have. It started in my right leg with pain on the inside half way between knee and ankle. Its very close to the shin bone and is lumpy, this in turns causes pain in my calf especially on the inside of my calf. I've been to see a physio who said that it was inflammation of the tendon so I rested for 6 weeks. I then went to have a bio mechanics check where they said my right leg was shorter than my left and I over pronate on my right side with the left being neutral. I wear Nimbus 9 neutral shoes so they added a heel pad and 5 degree angle to stop the overpronation. This caused me to have headaches because of the difference in balance but I persisted. I have now taken the heel pad out but kept the angle in. In the last two weeks I have had the problem in both legs! Exactly the same on both sides.
If you have any advice on orthotics or getting rid of this injury I would be very grateful as its horrible not to be able to run.
Or if anyone else could help me I would be very grateful
I have, like you, both rear-foot as well as forefoot problems (pronation, rotation etc) as well as a functional leglength difference of 11mm (not hip alignment). I tried seemingly every shoe in the universe, some alleviated some problems but caused others. My feet are just too different to be happy on one pair of shoes and off the shelf orthotics didn't cut the mustard for me. I have CAD/CAM bespoke orthotics which will last me years and years and £150 are cheaper than all the money I wasted previously on the wrong shoes and subsequent physio.
Thankyou for the advice. Have the orthotics solved the problem completely? Also where do I go to get them, will any podiatrist be able to help or do they need to be running specific? thanks again
I would ask around (maybe start a specific thread) on a podiatrist recommended by other runners in your area, or have a look in the back of Runnersworld magazine where various specialists advertise. Or have a look in your yellow pages to see if any of them say they are sports podiatrists.
I was very unlucky with my first (generic) podiatrist but found a fab sports podiatrist who sorted me out.
Running again after almost 3 months off and so far everything's fine!! It feels weird at first as the orthotics modify my gait considerably and I'm now using all of my leg muscles as opposed to before where the majority of my strength came from my quads. Initially they were quite literally a pain in the 'rse as due to my rearfoot problems I never engaged my glutes properly and they were complaining!! LOL... all is well though and developed much stronger hamstrings now too.
this is a question for Lawrence, with your inside knowledge can you tell me a good way to find a sports podiatrist in Bristol, I suffer with shin splints and have tried motion control shoes and off the shelf orthotics but the problem always returns.
I feel the only way to go now is custom made orthotics but don't want to get ripped off or buy the wrong type. Is there a list off good podiatrists around or do I just take the gamble on one I find on the internet.
Need it sorted soon because I have a place in next years FLM that I deferred from this year.
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