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I got a GAIT test on my feet at the running shop when I went to buy my first pair of running shoes last year. The diagnosis was that i was an Over-Pronator! Wooo hooo! So I was fixed up with a pair of Mizuno Wave Achelmy which are designed for over pronators.

I recently bought a new pair of shoes (exactly the same make/model 1 year on) but didnt have the GAIT test. Bad move? Not sure. :eek:

The last 2 months I've been suffering with lower back pain and I cant shift it.


I run on pavements, different routes and different sides of the road.
Usually after 20 minutes of running with the pain, its fades a bit.

So, my question is, is it possible that my feet have corrected themselves after a year? and I should be buying different types of shoes?

Finally, this morning I put my old pair of running shoes on and walked to the shop, and got the lower back pain. Hmmm.

Anyway, your thoughts,comments,advice much appreciated.
 

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hi im a specialist sports podiatrist, with regards to your problems, one thought could be that your road running and mileage has caused your symptoms. You probably still over pronate but unfortunatley running shoes which are designed to reduce pronation have a limitation. In fact there are a few research papers out there which state that the difference between nearlly all types of running shoes has a minimal impact on foot function. What you may need are some functional foot orthotics which are specifically desinged to alter foot function.

I am a keen runner and wear adidas adistar control. In terms of control shoes they are probably at the high end of anti-pronation, however i have to wear custom orthotics as shoes alone do not correct my problem.

The only other thing to note is that there are some very good shops out there in which there staff are adequitely trained to look at someones gait (Basic), but there are shops out there which are not. At the end of the day- to assess gait and biomechanics properly you have to undergoe not only a BSc but also a Master's, of which im sure the shop assistants dont have! i only say that because i see lots of people who go to shops who say they over pronate- when they actually dont.

If your still worried go and see a specialist sports podiatrist, even if its to put your mind at rest
 

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I run on pavements, different routes and different sides of the road.
:d Must try running on the other side of the treadmill. Maybe I wont get so out of breath.

Seriously though, if the shoe maker has changed the spec and the new shoes no longer suit, putting the old shoes back on for a few minutes is unlikely to fix it?

Thought, do you get the back pain in any other shoes or only in the running shoes?
 

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not a professional opinion but I would go back to the old ones and see if the problem goes away. If it does then the hunt is on for a new pair which work.

HTH

Giles
 

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well from running in my new mizunos and walking in my old one, which is why i wondered if actually over pronation (over time) can be corrected!

hey Hrun - just read your sig. excellent mate. keep up the good work.
i lost 3 stone last year from running. ive another 2 stone to get to my goal.
 

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I wish as I suffer from it too, and I won't get started on about trainers as my feet don't fit into high street ones. My foot went completely numb while running tonight.

But saying that I've ordered some off the net, can't wait to see what they are like.
 

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not a professional opinion but I would go back to the old ones and see if the problem goes away. If it does then the hunt is on for a new pair which work.

HTH

Giles
Problem there would be that the old shoes are unlikely to be performing as they did when they were first bought. Running shoes can lose their original shape and ability to cushion impact remarkably quickly, so reverting back to shoes which have possibly had several month's use wouldn't be a very accurate way of determining which shoe to go for next.
 

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Well this is the thing.

Both my MIZUNO running shoes give me pain if RUN or WALK in them. Theres got to be something in that.

I think I may try another pair of trainers I have, bog standard Asics. No cushioning for pronation etc - the ones I use when biking, and see what happens.
 

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I think I may of solved my problem.

This is going to sound so stupid. Tight boxers. Yeah, I've put a bit of weight on the last few months, and I have a set of boxers which are so friggin tight. Wore my lose ones, and next to no pain at all!! HELLO!!??? Stupid stupid Tim!

I recall I had the same pain in the winter, when i wore some tight Ron Hill trackster things. Exactly the same back pain. They were tight round the hips.

Ah man, I feel like a pillock!

So far so good though. No pain through any runs!! Unbelievable :)
 
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