Posted: 22/07/2014 at 10:03
Yes, wearing them for now, although it seems in the videos of me walking and running in them that they're not doing what they're supposed to. As I live closer to Cosham then you do, I had the luxury of going away and thinking about his advice before making a decision (although I understand his lab is on site and orthotics can be made whilst you wait). Paul suggested trying some different shoes to start with (I'd need different ones anyway even if I get new orthotics) to see if that was enough to take the edge off my injury with the current orthotics. He was clear that if we were starting from scratch he would recommend me orthotics but would make them quite differently to the ones I have. He was able to explain why this would be, and it seemed to make sense. It was definitely interesting to compare my walking/running with and without my current orthotics, and it is nice to have some concrete suggestions on shoes. It was also pretty frightening to see my run in slow motion, and it's no surprise that my knee is still hurting! It seems that I do mid foot strike, it's what happens to my foot and legs after the very first bit of the strike to compensate for my overpronation and to get my foot down and back up again....lots of twisting. Paul was pleased to hear about what I was doing with the new physio and thought I was heading in the right direction with the rehab this time.
I found the session very informative, and have in fact decided to go for the orthotics and will be having them made towards the end of August. This, along with the new physio was a bit of a last ditch attempt to work out and solve the problem causing the injury before giving up, so it makes sense to me that I should take his full advice.
Sorry for the long post. The last four years or so have been very frustrating and I'm hoping desperately that I might be on my way up again.
Hope your appointment helps you on your way to being injury free.