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5/8/12 2:28 P

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Hi there,
I also have completely flat feet , and echo Nancy. Before I got good shoes, the injuries just kept cropping up. The proper shoes will help your body align itself properly, and you will feel a lot better:)


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5/8/12 11:45 A

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I have inserts but i feel pretty neutral about them. Also, I have high arches so my input there probably doesn't matter.

I did want to tell you a couple exercises my PT gave me. The first one is for balance and I /think/ it strengthens my ankle area. She first had me start standing on one leg for about thirty seconds. Then i graduated to doing it on the squishy side of the bosu. eventually i moved on to doing it on the flat side of the bosu. Now I'm doing single legged squats on the flat side of the bosu. When I first started I would stand on one leg while brushing my teeth!

I also stood on the squishy side of the bosu with my feet a little bit apart and rolled my ankles out and in.

There are more exercises she gave me and they got me all the way through C25k last summer, but those two I think are good for the ankles.

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5/8/12 10:52 A

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Shoes are the most important piece of equipment a runner needs and if the Running Room suggested new shoes, I would go with their advice as they were able to analyze your gait. Most people do not require inserts and contrary to popular believe they do not extend the use of the shoe.

Shin splints are very common and not always attributed to shoes. It could be your running surface, even overstriding (reaching too far out in front of your center of gravity) and just adaptation. It is by far the most common running complaint. As you build the anterior tibialis (the muscles responsible for the discomfort) the discomfort should go away.

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5/8/12 10:45 A

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I am looking for all sorts of help today (two posts in a row asking for help).

Once I started running outside my shins have been bothering me even when I am on the treadmill. I went I saw my Physician's Asst (not impressed with; but, that is a whole other post). She suggested some stretches, icing my shins and ibuprofen. She also suggested taking my running shoes to a running store and ask for inserts. I have very flat feet and my ankles are pronated.

When I got my running shoes, I went to a reputable, local store that was supposed to do great fittings. I regret that and in the future will go to a dedicated running store as I don't think my fitting was too informed (especially after watching a fitting while waiting at the running store to be helped). The Running Room clerk looked at my shoes and immediately said inserts would not help and I need new shoes. My New Balance shoes are less than 3 months old. I can afford to buy new ones; but, would prefer not to as I would rather spend the money on a heart rate monitor.

Does anyone wear inserts that help? Someone suggested Super Feet help them. I don't want to give up running!


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