So today was my first trip to the foot doctor. I’m an over-pronator For those that don’t know what that means:
“As with the “normal pronation” sequence, the outside of the heel makes the initial ground contact. However, the foot rolls inward more than the ideal fifteen percent, which is called “overpronation.” This means the foot and ankle have problems stabilizing the body, and shock isn’t absorbed as efficiently. At the end of the gait cycle, the front of the foot pushes off the ground using mainly the big toe and second toe, which then must do all the work.” Thank you Runner’s World for that helpful definition.
Here is what it looks like:
Runner’s World Image
So what this means is that when I run, or walk, or sometimes stand, my foot rolls inward which pulls on the tendons in my ankle and leg. So I’m giving you the back story to tell you.
I went to the foot doctor yesterday and she tells me I have a stressed tibia. Congrats! You are not only psychologically stressed (work sucks) but also physically stressed out. As if life wasn’t already complete enough, lol.
Basically, what this means is that when in motion my foot rolls flat pulling on the tendons surrounding my tibia. She said this is probably why I also have chronic shin splints. The pain from this has elevated so much that it actually is painful to run or exercise. Although, I am told I can run without hurting myself it will just be uncomfortable.
So, I was fitted for orthotic inserts and was told to go buy a neutral shoe and in 3 weeks we should have this all fixed. I’ve also been banned from any non arch supporting flip flops (getting old sucks).
To add to this story, the doctor and I had a little talk about gait analysis. So when I first started running, like any good new runner, I went to get fitted for shoes. The woman said I had flat feet and put me into motion control shoes. These shoes were heavy and never felt right. So I got a second opinion, which said I had high arches that rolled flat so I should have a stability shoe and arch support inserts. (Close but no cigar). According to the doctor, this is commonly mis-read. I have normal arches but with the over-pronation they look flat.
Runner’s World Image
So make sure, if you get a gait analysis that you really talk to the person doing it. Make sure they explain things to you. If you are not satisfied with what they say, or how the shoes feel, get a second opinion.
Please keep in mind that all of this is just my experience. I am neither a doctor nor a trained gait analyzer. See you own doctors for your health and safety!!
Please make sure if you are having any type of pain that you consult your doctor. I luckily have 2 that are runners, so they get it! It is better to sit through the appointments then to mess yourself up big time!