Before we get to the reasons you’re still in pain after all this time. I’m going to tell you a story and question at least the last 15-20 years of treatment for shin splints pain. In my view, over pronation is an old fashioned, poorly constructed theory for why shin splints develops. It causes tunnel vision and prevents us as practitioners and our patients from doing the necessary work to uncover the truth.
As we finish our month’s focus on all things ‘Running’, we dovetail into our next with the hot topic of ‘CrossFit’ (Open Season…oh yeah!)
But before we get stuck into the real CrossFit stuff, we want to explore the commonly asked question about whether CrossFit and training for an endurance running event (like a half or a full marathon) can live together…
Our last blog in this 'Running' series is left in my capable hands. It's a case of aiming to demystify running shoes for you all.
Shoes these days are as clear as mud to the general public, and unfortunately many clinicians never analyse the effect of the running shoe on the ankle, hip, knee and back.
Working in a profession that involves footwear I see it/ hear it everyday and when I ask this question to patients. "Why are you wearing those running shoes?"
The generic answer is;
“To give me support”
“control rolling in of my foot”
Shoes are an extremely powerful product that can cause damage from the moment you put them on, the structural changes they cause through the foot can be mind blowing.
First of all, supportive shoes cause the foot strike to occur further away from the centre of gravity, this causes a series of ground reaction forces as a result!
Running is one of the most simple and basic practices yet can be the most problematic forms of exercise for many. As humans we are designed to run, and to run long distance, so don’t give up on the weekend trots because here are some great exercises to have you gliding along the track and overtaking that guy with his ipod strapped to his arm.