Cellar Yeti wrote:
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I can't help it. I'm visualizing you doing something....
Cellar Yeti wrote:
I am going to go back to Road Runner and get a custom orthodic insole to control the pronation.
I hope you find a solution, CY, but beware custom running stores that claim to be able to "fix" any "running problem." They have an expensive solution to all your woes and they are just soooo excited to sell it to you. Right NOW! In fact, buy TWO! And tell your FRIENDS! Do you belong to our BUYER'S CLUB?
Let me tell you a little story. For fun, I went into Runner's Roost once to see if they were able to figure out what I already knew: I was born with anterior illiosacral rotation on the right side (slightly torqued pelvis) that causes one leg to be a tiny bit shorter, outward tracking knee caps due to crazy-strong quads, and a resulting gate that causes my flat feet to supinate, a very rare foot strike. None of this has caused me any more annoyance than having to pay attention when walking a straight line and wearing out my shoes on the outsides faster. All of this is plainly visible to the naked eye if you just know where and when to look. I just wanted to see if these "experts" were as good as they claimed to be in their flashy ads.
I walked in and told them nothing more than that I have flat feet that supinate. They began by telling me that there was no such thing. I countered by saying that actually, it's a reality for many and there are specific shoes designed just for it, just go online. They argued with me until I mentioned the shoe brands in question at which point they perked right up and launched into Sales Mode, pushing me hard to lay down $210 dollars for a pair of hideous florescent orange things that could blind a New York taxi driver. (Same shoes were only $130 online.)
I changed the subject back to their self-avowed ability to diagnose any runner's gait and I ran their little 50' strip for them, asking what they saw. I stepped on their weight distribution scale and waited for them to record the numbers. I let them take a video of me and play it back in slow motion. They measured my foot, my toes, my ankle, and my stride length. Conclusion? They were so far off, I had a hard time keeping a straight face!
First of all, they said I should only run in a low drop, uncushioned shoe that forced my feet to roll outward to control my flat feet. I said my feet already
roll outwards due to my supination and if I slipped into a pair of shoes like that, I'd tip over. They argued with me, so I took off my own worn running shoes and showed them the lack of tread all around the outside. They got quiet.
Then I mentioned that a well-cushioned shoe always felt best and lasted longest for me. They told me that was the worst thing for me to wear due to my supination because it wouldn't control the outward roll of my feet. I filled them in on my long history of horribly painful plantar fasciitus that set in whenever I wore uncushioned shoes. More dead air. Finally, I hit them with the fact that my whole posture and hip roll balanced itself automatically with a very high drop, high enough to almost be ladies' heels. They shook their head at me and said I was ruining my body.
I decided to give them one last chance and asked if they had ever heard of strengthening and correcting the gait through targeted bodybuilding. They actually laughed in my face and began to talk down to me, asking what quack sold me that idea. I looked them straight in the eye and said, "Every chiropractor, physical therapist, and personal trainer I've ever met." They snorted and declared, "Those aren't doctors." I smiled and said, "Neither are you," and then I left.
For the last 20 years, whenever I walk, run, or just amble around the house, I wear well-cushioned, high drop tennis shoes that feel so amazing, I don't even know they're on. I pay $40 for them. Stick that
in your running shorts, Runner's Roost.
Moral of the story: if it feels good, it's right for you. You've been in your body for longer than the "experts."