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Can anyone tell me why I may be getting a pain on the outer side of my left foot after a seven mile run on concrete? I have a pair of Noosa Asics that I only bought early this summer. I have had a video run test on the treadmill and been told I have no pronation problems. Any ideas?




  • hound doghound dog Posts: 293
    Hi semery, I was classed as a mild overpronator by an asics rep and had two years of comfortable running in appropriate asic shoes, which I renew every year. Asic took out the 2120 which I bought and thought were ok.

    Although not a trail shoe I did a 21mile trail/30mile bike and ever since suffered knee and outer foot pain.

    At the end of the season up here, with a few more triathlons under my belt (and a few pain killers) I mentioned my problem to Steve at trichanging gear, Inverurie who suggested a different make of shoe altogether (sacauny neutral position) which Im very pleased to say seems to have cured my problems.

    My point being just cause the shoe sold to you may technically be right....in practice may be wrong, and whatever Asic tweeked on the 2120 model it obviously affected me.

    Could be an expensive trial if you were to try a different shoe and it was a different problem though.
  • Can't offer any advice on whether your shoes are the right ones or not, but I would suggest not running on concrete because it is the hardest running surface and therefore most likely to aggrevate any problems that you might have.

    There must be some other surfaces near you that you can run on. Tarmac is better if you need to stick to roads/footpaths, but if possible run on grass (along the side of the footpaths maybe?) or well compacted dirt tracks.
  • try supercaz`s idea. and try getting another type of shoe with a bigger sole as you will feel the ground less
  • pigletpiglet Posts: 86
    My advice would be to see a sports podiatrist if the trouble persists. They are qualified to properly analyse your feet/running gait etc and can prescribe the right shoe for you and also give you exercises that could strengthen any weak areas. Runing specialty stores are good but unless they employ a physio or podiatrist who can advise you- essentially these people are sales assistants, albeit specialised ones.They don't have the expertise of sports doctors/physios/podiatrists etc.

    Sometimes it's best to spend money at first to prevent a problem getting worse than "carrying on and hoping for the best". I did the latter and it ended up in double knee surgery. I hope your problem is minor and can be sorted with the right shoes. Good luck![:)]
  • hound doghound dog Posts: 293
    Good points piglet. Im not sure I buy into the idea of all this gait testing and trying to change the way your foot lands though. I have a feeling it could do more damage than good. If it was possible to run barefoot all the time our feet would be landing naturally, so why try and change the way your feet land?.

    I think neutral shoes,cushioning and strength excercises are the way to go, along with as you say....staying off concrete and tarmac as much as possible.

  • Although your have got a point, hound dog, running on artificial surfaces is very different to the type of running that our ancesters would have done bare foot over mixed terrain. Modern running uses a much more repetative style so therefore puts more strain on the same areas each run.

    To prove the point, road shoes have more support and gait correction than trail shoes (although there are exceptions) because running off road doesn't require the same amount of gait correction when the surface is more uneven.
  • hound doghound dog Posts: 293
    True true, SuperCaz. Hence my point of the need for cushioning and strength. I mean if you get a pair of shoes with gait correction, your feet are still going to be landing in the same repetative manner on flat hard surfaces, all be it not the natural way they want to land, which kind of defeats the point (I think).

    Totally agree with cushioning for road running and strength excercises for stability. The more I think about it the more I think gait correction is a money spinner for the shoe companies.
  • I know where you are coming from hound dog. All I can say is that when I got my gait assessed and shoes fitted the knee problems that I have been suffering with for 20 years suddenly disappeared. Coincidence maybe? Or it could be that I started doing more exercise around the same time and it is purely down to strengthening muscles.
  • bennybenny Posts: 1,314
    Hound dog is right,latest research shows that gait correction isamoney spinner, it sometimes causes injurie when not applied correctly, especially when you just buy some shoes without professional advice( so dont just buy from these spammers,they might give you a pair of superb shoes with an excellent injurie on the side).

    Onthe other hand, Supercaz, when the knee problems dissapear by it, by all means, stick with it. If it works for you, thats all that counts, amen to that.
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