Posted: 03/01/2013 at 16:07
Bare with me on this ill get to my question , i always like to give a bit of backgorund
Im 6 foot 4 ...around 220 lbs , i have flat feet and suffer constantly from medial shin splints in my left leg so im not your perfect runners physique. Ive been to 4 different podiatrists in the area , all of which tried to sell me custom orthotics @ £200 a pair practically as i walked through the door. 2 of these Podiatrist convinced me that they could cure my shin splints and relieved me of my money.This was 2 years ago ( there is more of a story to this but ill just end up going on and on )..neither of the Orthotics have made a blind bit of difference to my shinsplint problem and as im trying to step up my training i thought if they dont make any difference then why do i bother?
I was persuaded to go to a specialist running shop ( i usually buy trainers online for price) They gave me a gait analysis by video ( none of the Podiatrist did this, they just watched me walk) and recommended a support shoe (Brooks Adrenaline GTS 12) , now i never though to ask when i was there as ive been trying to run without orthotics for the past month or so but can you use Orthotics in a support shoe?? Or will reduce the effect of the support of the shoe?
I do have a leg length discrepancy , and its struck me if ive been using the wrong trainers all this time maybe the orthotics could help after all?