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Great article about running and footwear...

Jolt2010-05-01 09:48:04 +0000 #1
OakLeaf2010-05-01 10:00:00 +0000 #2
I'm so confused.

My massage therapist assures me that the structural variations in my feet cannot be corrected by strengthening muscles - and in fact they cause muscle imbalances all up my legs, hips and back. Whether that's a consequence of the orthopedic shoes they put me in as a child, or whether the shoes really were warranted, is moot now that I'm fully grown.

Then you have the school of thought expressed in your link, also espoused by Chi Running, Jolie Bookspan, and Yoga. Which is very appealing to me.

I just don't know who to believe or how to manage my super-high arches with super-sized pronation.
Crankin2010-05-01 10:16:34 +0000 #3
I read that article somewhere else; however, I cannot see me ever running without shoes. I can't even walk without shoes! However, I am the person who has read Chi Running and a few of the other books discussed here (trigger points, etc) and they are just too complicated. If something hurts when i run (or ride), I change my position, form, etc, look at anything that might be affecting what I do.

Interesting though.
salsabike2010-05-01 10:13:59 +0000 #4
Actually, Chi Running trains you to do a midfoot strike by its approach to body alignment and lean. You can do this quite well in running shoes. I started running in October, trained by a Chi Running instructor. No injuries yet. As a former dancer, I find that the basic body alignment principles of Chi Running make good sense. But I still wear the kind of running shoes my sports podiatrist recommends. I don't think the approaches are mutually exclusive. I know I personally could never run barefoot.
jesvetmed2010-05-01 10:17:49 +0000 #5
Funny... My PT suggested that heel strike first was a more efficient running style and the preferred, but I'd read differently otherwise. I'm with Oak: confused. I guess I'll do what feels best to me.
salsabike2010-05-01 11:22:43 +0000 #6

Originally Posted by OakLeaf

I just don't know who to believe or how to manage my super-high arches with super-sized pronation.

OakLeaf, I am very much a beginning runner, and I'm not sure whether what I know from ballet is applicable. But here's what I did know about very high arches in ballet--I had a friend with the most beautiful, high-arched feet, but they needed a lot of support or they would arch right over and sprains would happen. She actually ended up having to special-order point shoes with steel shanks. I would guess the principle is the same--some real support needed to keep that flexibility under control so you don't get hurt--but I definitely don't have the same depth of knowledge about running so can't be positive.
SadieKate2010-05-01 12:10:31 +0000 #7
I haven't even read the article, but I can tell you that super high arches are very inflexible and can be very painful.

I'm thrilled with super rigid orthotics that blow other people's minds. You run in those?

I'm going to bed now. Hasta.
spindizzy2010-05-01 11:40:18 +0000 #8
I have this DVD called Evolution Running. Makes total sense to me why heel strike is not efficient. I now run with a mid-foot strike. I have not had any running injuries in 2 years - this from a person with chronically crappy knees! (though it seems to me there are still a lot of fast "heel strikers" still winning races...perhaps it's their foot turnover.) You may be interested in seeing a bit of the video here:

and here:



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