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.
When we look at flat feet, are orthotics really the answer? Or are they an old fashioned, easy road our practitioner and we take to solve a more in depth problem?
Do we realise that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction (actual physics law by Newton) therefore by placing ourselves in orthotics we are going to cause an equal and opposite reaction elsewhere in the foot and body.
Anyone that knows me well (or even a little bit) knows that I’m fixated on a new hobby almost weekly. The latest on the agenda; bouldering.
Bouldering is a style of rock climbing that focuses on skill and technique rather than sheer strength and vertical height. The walls are lower, maxing out at around 2-3metres. Also, instead of wearing a harness and climbing on ropes, there are giant padded mats under all of the climbs should you need to jump down or fall.
For those of you new to the sport, here’s what i’ve learnt;
The word ‘strong’ has two meanings when entered into Google, which is obviously a great way to start an intelligent piece of writing.
having the power to move heavy weights or perform other physically demanding tasks.
able to withstand force, pressure, or wear.
Related synonyms include not only words that imply physical toughness; but those that evoke a broader, all encompassing strength; like security, resilience and fortitude. To me, true strength is something that’s inside, something that isn’t necessarily manifested by anything physical. It’s not what you can lift or how big your quads are, it’s the amount of space you take up in the universe, and how strong your convictions and sense of self are. It’s also a little bit about withstanding the ‘force, pressure and wear’ of other people’s bullshit.