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Sore Archs? What's up?

KSH2010-05-02 09:32:23 +0000 #1
OK, the past couple of days, my archs have been sore. Seriously. When I rub them, they hurt. Well, even if I don't rub them, they hurt.

The left one started to hurt after the 4-miler on Tuesday. The right one started to hurt after the 3 miler on Friday.

Maybe I need new shoes? But I haven't run that many miles in them.

I also wonder if it's my work shoes doing my feet in. As you know ladies, our heels/boots/etc. do not have arch support.

Maybe I should see a foot Dr. and get inserts for my day shoes?

It's really frustrating.
KnottedYet2010-05-02 09:41:13 +0000 #2
I'm not a Dr, but I pretend to be one on message boards....

Do you use Superfeet or other stiff-hindfoot/soft-forefoot insoles? They only cost $35 or so, and I've found that our patients who have new arch pain can usually clear it up with Superfeet or Spectrum Stabilizers.

Superfeet are the easiest to find. They have a couple different footbed profiles (designated by color of the top fabric). I'd recommend going to a running store or other specialty store where they can try the different footbeds on you and they have someone who knows feet. A good fitter will look at your bare feet and watch you walk, then watch you stand on the footbeds on the bare floor, then watch you walk with the footbeds in your shoes.

You wear them in all your shoes. There are 3/4 length stiff-hindfoot insoles for dress shoes, too.

Since these critters are HARD, you will want to give your feet a chance to get used to them. (wear them 1 hr the first day, 2 hrs the next, etc until you feel comfortable) They will put your feet into a functional position, which means the muscles that were taking a vacation (and letting your foot collapse a little) will suddenly have to start working again. Depending on how slack they are, your feet could get tired. Like a footsie-workout. So could muscles in your hips/butt. Don't be surprised!

Neutral insoles (like Superfeet) will make your feet stronger. But they may get tired first.

If you have a true structural disfunction (as opposed to muscular, for which you should see a PT if it continues) you will need custom corrective orthotics which run about $375 at the clinic where I work.
Grog2010-05-02 10:20:32 +0000 #3
How many is "few miles"?

I had to change my Asics Cumulus after only about 400 km (250 miles) because I started to ache in weird places... including my feet.
KnottedYet2010-05-02 10:46:38 +0000 #4
Maybe a beefier shoe would work better for you? Brooks Ariel or Addiction are my favorites, and I recc them quite often to foot patients.
mimitabby2010-05-02 10:29:12 +0000 #5
Brooks makes shoes??

Knot,

I have been wearing NIKE FREE shoes (not on the bike) and I really really really like them (the way they feel) but now i fear that nothing else will ever work

except for going barefoot of course.

You mentioned superfeet, can you just buy that off the shelf? now that i am going to try going clipless, i fear that it might affect my arches.

Thanks

mimi
Tri Girl2010-05-02 09:53:05 +0000 #6
KSH- maybe it is your work shoes. I have very flat feet and only when I noticed my arches hurting did I take action (went to the foot doc, found out I overpronate severely, started taping my feet and wearing the ugliest motion control shoes made- Brooks Ariel- but they are WONDERFUL for my feet). Anyway, maybe you need orthotics like the other ladies said.

Wow- that was not helpful, but I hope you figure out why your arches are screaming so much lately.
Bikingmomof32010-05-02 11:24:24 +0000 #7
Quote:

Originally Posted by mimitabby

Brooks makes shoes??

Thanks

mimi

Oh yes. They are the preferred running shoe here. I have 2 pair, DH has 1 pair, and DS has 3.

*smacks forehead* different company than Brooks Saddles.
Deborajen2010-05-02 11:36:58 +0000 #8
KSH - I had arch pain a year or so ago. Never had foot problems but then the arches started hurting when I'd run 4-5 miles. I tried several things but what ultimately worked for me was cutting back on the miles for a few weeks to relieve the foot stress and then getting a cushioned shoe for distance running.

What is your foot type? I have high arches and have had great luck with the Nike Pegasys. I trained for and ran my half marathon in them this year. They're a cushioned shoe made for a neutral to high arch.

I went to a foot doctor and he recommended orthotics (which cost $500 and aren't covered by my health insurance), but all he'd say about those vs. over-the-counter arch supports was "they're not adequate." I've heard a few positive things about the Good Feet Store and I'd probably try them next if the cushioned shoes aren't enough. Custom orthotics would be a last resort for me, but I've heard that some people swear by them.

Hope this helps. Good luck - hope you can find something that works.

Deb

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