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4/18/13 10:53 P

Update: I exchanged the shoes today. A different sales person looked at my high arches, watched me walk, and said I was put in entirely the wrong shoe. She said I need a neutral shoe and happily brought out six different shoes for me to test out. I took home a pair of neutral shoes that feel nice. She said not to feel bad if I have to come back and trade these for a different pair - she said it often takes time to find the right shoe.

Thank you both for reassuring me that my gut feeling was correct. And now I know that joint pain is NOT a part of breaking in new fitness shoes.


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4/17/13 7:57 P

Thank you, Coach Jen and Sergeantmajor for weighing in. I think exchanging the shoes is a good plan.

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 55,911
4/17/13 2:35 P

New running shoes can be slightly uncomfortable and you shouldn't go long distances in them until you've broken them in a little. But they shouldn't be causing pain or any kind of issue that would require icing them.

I agree that you probably want to take them back to the store, describe the issues you're having and hopefully they can find a better shoe for you.

Coach Jen

SERGEANTMAJOR Posts: 6,415
4/17/13 1:41 P


Unfortunately the current research is coming in favour of minimalist running shoes over the over engineered supposedly corrective shoes. High-arched runners typically underpronate, so they do best in a neutral-cushioned shoe that encourages a more natural foot motion. . Normal pronation is 15 degrees, you have to exceed that to over pronate. Pronation occurs only with a heel first foot strike which is faulty running mechanics but normal when walking.

You were sold the wrong shoes in my opinion I suggest you take the shoes back and get your money back.



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4/17/13 11:07 A

I went to a running store recommended by my doctor because I've been having plantar fasciitis for six months now. The running store assistant did a gait analysis and said I overpronate. I was really shocked because i have high arches,

I bought the shoes they suggested - stability/motion control shoes (Brooks Ariel). I wore them yesterday for a short 2 mile walk with a little light jogging in short bursts. While walking, my right knee started hurting on the inside (by which I mean the side closest to my body). This is new pain.

Could I be in the wrong shoes? Or is this common for adjusting to your first pair of stability shoes? Or could it be the few seconds of jogging I did (first time to do that in decades)?

I used RICE last night and will do so again today as the knee is still tender.

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