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I posted a thread in injuries recently about mild ankle pain. Having done a little reading about foot types, I think it might be the running shoes that I use that are the problem. I wear Asics GT 2110s and apparently they're for over-pronators. I know I don't over-pronate because every pair of trainers I own - without fail - wears ridiculously quickly on the outside edge, making me an under-pronator or 'supinator'. I also have a reasonably high arch.

So this could all be my fault for jumping at shoes that look nice, like a kid in a sweet shop :rolleyes: It's looking like I'm going to have to invest in some cushioned shoes without any kind of motion control, before I do myself any damage.

What might others advise? If you were me would you stop running until you knew more? See a podiatrist? I know the pain is becoming more than a niggle and there are some pretty strong warnings out there for 'supinators' to stay away from motion control shoes. Anyone think I'm just being paranoid and a bit of a jessie?

Would love to hear more from anyone who might have insight into the above - am genuinely quite worried :(
 

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As steepler says

I assume you bought your trainers without any advice from what you said. A good running shop will be able to advise which trainer you need. And if you ask really nicely will be able to offer a selection of colours so you can pick the pretty ones.
 

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just because you have a high arch doesnt' mean you don't over pronate, just as wearing the outside of the heel of a shoe doesn't mean you supinate, you can have a high arched foot but pronate if your knee and hip rotate inwards best to get it checked out

get yourself to a specialist before you either cause injury or spend a fortune trying out different shoes that you like the look of. a goos shoe store or running specialist should sufice, unless there are injury concerns already you probably don't need to see a podiatrist yet!!

good luck
 

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I have very high arches, and I wear out my runners on the outside of the heel. Before I visited my local running store I had checked out a lot of websites and tried the "wet foot" test and had decided that I was a supinator. I then went to have my gait analysed armed with my self diagnosis only to be quite surprised to check out the videos of my running and be told that I am a considerable over-pronator.

Apparently less that 5% of the population supinate. I'd get your gait checked by a specialist running store first, that'd be the cheapest way to find out what the story is. If it transpires you do supinate you can decide then if it would be prudent to speak to a podiatrist.
 

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Cheers everybody. I'm in Cardiff next Tuesday so think I'll pop into a specialist store there; I live in the sticks a bit here so might be best to wait until then :)

Footman - RS did say you knew you're stuff in this area, thanks for your input! If I lived closer to Bicester I'd pop round :p

Thanks again for all your advice everyne!
 

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I got my trainers from run and become in Cardiff. They are very helpful, give them a call.
Thanks Hrun... I'd actually stumbled across their website and was planning to drop in to that very place! :)

Looking forward to being pointed in the right direction!
 

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There is also Ace Feet in Motion in Canton, Cardiff which I think does video gait analysis? Either of the two shops should be able to tell you whats going on.
The alternative is Runaround, just above Worcester. Great shop. Some of the most knowledgeable staff I've met.
 

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Went to run and become in cardiff today - excellent staff and really good service. Picked up some Asics Cumulus 9 which apparently suit my running style. I was indeed wearing the wrong kind of shoe; I was told that I had a really good, sturdy footplant and that I didn't need any correction for over-pronation - hence the problem with the shoes I had!

So to sum up, don't buy shoes that look nice and as most here have already said, find your local - or in my case, not so local - specialist store :)

Thanks for all your input people!
 
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