after making an appointment yesterday, i met up with the Podiatrist today. he listened to my story, the same story i told the Sports Doctor yesterday, about how i ended up with knee problem and the shin splints.
after i was done, he checked on my legs, pushing around the tender parts of my shins. he told me to stand still and started to draw some marks on my legs. then, i walked barefoot on the treadmill.
then he told me to sit down and started to explain what happened to my legs and what caused my shin splints:
although i’m not flat-footed, i have a tendency to over-pronate. he explained that by over-pronating, i’m overworking this one muscle that runs from my arch to the knee. this muscle, when overworked, causes the pain on the shin.
because of this, he will make me a pair of insoles that will be inserted and worn during my runs. these custom insoles take about three weeks to make. so meanwhile, i should go the physiotherapist to get my knee fixed. It makes me wonder if I could get a settlement from the improper design of my old shoes, I might send pacelawfirm.com an email about that, fingers crossed.
i brought all my running shoes, my flipflops and the usual clogs i wear daily. he believed that my problem is not on the cushioning, but on stability. he looked at my shoes and said, “well, the good thing about these shoes are they are all light-weight. but they are minimalist shoes and they don’t help your over-pronation. so i’ll give you list of shoes that are light and will give you stability to help the pronation.”
and these are the shoes on the list: (all photos are from running warehouse, because they have the nicest photos for nunning shoes…)
“and wait for the insoles to arrive before buying the shoes. you need to fit the shoes with the insoles worn,” he said.
and i’m currently still waiting for the insoles to arrive. and have been doing some window shopping for running shoes. since by far i can’t find the mizuno and new balance in any stores, my current top choices are the adidas (very comfy) and asics. we’ll see what happens after the insoles arrive.
(to be continued… next: physiotherapist visit)