Nike Air Cesium

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Nike Air Cesium

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Nike hopes that the Cesium will revolutionise the way we think about motion-control shoes. Instead of a big insert of hard foam – a medial post – to slow over-pronation, the lightweight Cesium (it’s just 320g) uses a wedge angled at three degrees to tilt the foot outwards before you ...  Continue reading

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have bought 2 more pairs. Continue reading...
Tried this shoe on a treadmill instore and it felt good, both lightweight and responsive. However, once I got them out on to the road a severe lack of forefoot cushioning became evident as n=my feet began to bu Continue reading...
An interesting and innovative shoe for those in need of pronation control. Now can be found at almost half original price. Well worth looking at. Continue reading...
A ground-breaking shoe incorporating cutting edge motion control technology that really works. I hope that Nike continue to produce them as in the past some great models have been discontinued with no direct re Continue reading...
My first motion control shoes, but they have definitely changed my running. Continue reading...


Hi guys,

I have been running in a new pair of Nike Air Cesiums for the last couple of months and I now have what seems to be Tibialis Posterior Syndrome! At least it seems to fit the description anyway. I do not however get any tenderness to the touch or any aching, simply a sharp "twang" on the inside of my left ankle when I run or even walk. It seems to get better untill I don the Cesiums and run again and hey presto it's back!
I was wondering if it could be that these shoes, being different from most MC shoes in the way they work, are actually causing this problem/ I have never experienced it before even after over doing it. I've tried without and with my orthotics and I get this problem regardless.
Has anyone else out there had any problems with this shoe?

Posted: 25/05/2006 at 10:30

No problems here.

I rotate several pairs of shoes and only use the Cesiums for shorter faster runs because they're so light. And so different. I find them very comfortable and very supportive but they are so radical that I'm not yet ready to trust big mileage to them. I still use conventional MC shoes for the long slow stuff.

So far I'm delighted with them but the jury is still out, at least for a few more hundred miles.

Posted: 25/05/2006 at 11:05

Hi Mutley,
I agree about the lightness and comfort, just seems strange that I have only had this since using them?
Thought that maybee its because the shoe is "affecting" the "tilt" of my foot rather than simply "resisting" it on impact,like most MC shoes?
Unfortunatly I don't have another pair and can't afford one yet.....

Posted: 25/05/2006 at 11:34

Sounds like they are over correcting your pronation and I would suggest you need a more nuetral cushioning shoe or stability shoe. You risk tendonitis and achilles probelms so it is worth sorting it out.

Posted: 25/05/2006 at 14:07

Funny thing is that the injury was sustained after running in the shoes without my orthotics and so if they are over correcting without orthotics what do they do with them?!!!
I'm not sure but I suspect its got something to do with the way the shoe has the camber on the outside and thats whats not agreeing with me? It would make sense as the injury feels like its caused by the foot being erquired to move up/down sideways more than it would like? Maybee I'm way off. It's bloody anoying though as I was just getting back into more serious running again after a long break!

Anyone know what actually "Causes" Tibialis Posterior Syndrome i.e what type of movement etc can lead to it and can shoes do it?

Posted: 25/05/2006 at 18:22

Classically the tibialis posterior is a muscle that controls the arch. It is said that it gets inflamed when it is out of condition and the arch collapses so it has to work hard to keep the arch, so a stability shoe should help it. But often I see posterior shin splints (posterior tibialis inflamation) in supinators who have too much of an arch support or even in normal gaits who have also devloped anterior splints. It is now being recognised that the tibialis posterior muscle intiates toe off rather than supports the arch so anything that act as a lever causes tears in it and htese hurt. They can often be confussed for Achilles tendinitis and may have a similar cause.

Often the cure is more cushioning and more flexibility in the shoe, both things your Caesium may lack.

Exercise can help it and the one that seems to get results the quickes is simply walking about on your heels for a while every day. This seems to strengthen them and restore muscular balance between them and the anteriors.


Posted: 25/05/2006 at 19:52

Thanks, Ive started a thread on the injury forum basically asking what causes this condition and your comments seem to be echoed there. I definatley think its the Cesiums and the way they extend the ankle outwards. this would work if the shoe also stopped the pronation but for me it doesn't. My foot not only starts out further out but also continues on its merry way to pronation land seemingly unhindered by the medial post! This in effect is actually increasing the pronation travel for me and thus....injury!

Posted: 25/05/2006 at 20:00

Having started running in the last few months I recently picked up an injury when I moved my weekly mileage over 20 (mpw).

The issue was confirmed to be over pronation. Although I am now using orthotics in my "normal" running shoes, I have also invested in a pair of Cesiums which I will report back on progress when I have got a few more miles in... early signs are good.

Posted: 31/05/2006 at 19:58

Hello All

I mentioned in my orginal post on this topic back in May 2006 that I would "report back" when I have got a few more miles in using the Nike Cesiums.

As its now nearly 3 years later (sorry for the slightly delayed response) I have now covered a couple of hundred miles in the Cesiums.

 I must say I have not had any trouble with my knees since using these shoes (now on my third pair) although I am certainly not a long distance runner covering on average 18 miles per week (6 miles per run) they have been a real winner for me.

Clearly these shoes do not suit everyone - but at least for me they have been a worthwhile investment.

Posted: 08/03/2009 at 17:40

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