I went to see a podiatrist for an assessment this week. One of the tests he ran was looking at me running on a treadmill and, from behind, seeing how many toes were visible on the outside of the leg - i.e. whether my feet were aligned or splayed out.
My feet are fairly strikingly turned out when I run. This is apparently not great, but I happened across a picture of Tsegaye Kebede (winner of men's race in this years London Marathon) in a book I'm reading and noticed his feet do the same thing! Do a Google image search if you don't believe me.
I think someone should Mr Kebede he's doing it all wrong!
I've currently got runners knee or something similar. I saw a new physio today, the old one having left. The new one is a biomechanics specialist and she reckoned I had tibial equinus (or however it's spelt), plus slightly different length legs. She did a bit of work on the knee and advised me to see a podiatrist about getting orhotics which will apparently prevent recurrence once the swelling/irritation has gone.
None of the other physios I've seen picked up on any such problems (and they did look), so I'm wondering if today's is more observant or just keen to put everything down to mechanics.
What do you all think about orhotics? Have they helped you? Do I really need to wear them all the time? Are they complete BS? Any opinion welcome!