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WhoRyder

Turbo Monkey
Nov 28, 2007
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Hey guys.... I'm training for a Half Marathon this summer, but recently i rolled my ankle... i went to the doc and he said i have Plantar Fasciitis.... and that I should not run for a while... which sucks because i'm training for the ING Marathon.... The Doctor also said that i should get better running shoes...

i googled but am only getting some spam sites.... anyone have experience with Plantar Fasciitis and selecting the right running shoes?

thanks in advanced
 

stevew

unique white person
Sep 21, 2001
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the ones that fit your feet the best....go to a store that specializes in running...
 

WhoRyder

Turbo Monkey
Nov 28, 2007
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the ones that fit your feet the best....go to a store that specializes in running...
right now i'm running with Saucony:

http://www.saucony.com/store/SiteController/saucony/productdetails?stockNumber=20084-1&showDefaultOption=true&skuId=***4********20084-1*M150&productId=4-103800&catId=cat10004

the doctor said to use a pair of shot that have some sort of shock resistance... lol....

i was looking at these..

http://nikerunning.nike.com/nikeos/p/nikeplus/en_US/commerce/men?hf=10002^4294966966&t=Men%27s%20Cushioning%20Running%20Shoes#/?ll=en_US&ct=US&pid=328877&cid=102201&pgid=&p=PDP


i will go to the running store for lunch....
 

WhoRyder

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Nov 28, 2007
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i really done care about the looks... i just need something to protect my feet while running.... the City streets dont help either, they are all messed up....sucks....
 

jacksonpt

Turbo Monkey
Jul 22, 2002
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As said earlier... spend the money for shoes that fit well, that hug and support your feet. Go to a running shop for advice if you need it. I love my asics, but every foot is different.
 

Rapplez

Chimp
Apr 27, 2010
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Marysville Wa
I would spend the money and go to store that specializes in Running. Not a place like Footlocker, or Big 5. I have been competitively running for about 9 years now, and I know this sounds weird but a good pair of shoes is similar to a football player wearing pads. It keeps you injury free! So spend the money to go to a specialist, tell them your situations. I guarantee they will set you up with the proper pair of shoes. (if they know there stuff that is) haha

Hope this helps, if you have any more questions id be glad to help!

Rapplez
 

Rapplez

Chimp
Apr 27, 2010
23
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Marysville Wa
i really done care about the looks... i just need something to protect my feet while running.... the City streets dont help either, they are all messed up....sucks....
When recovering from an injury, especially in the ankle/foot region, you may want to consider running on something soft. Grass or a single track trail would be a great running surface. Softer surfaces absorb impact better and also teach your ankle to train those little tiny muscles deep in your foot to better support your whole foot. In the end your ankle will become stronger then it ever has before.

Rapplez
 

WhoRyder

Turbo Monkey
Nov 28, 2007
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When recovering from an injury, especially in the ankle/foot region, you may want to consider running on something soft. Grass or a single track trail would be a great running surface. Softer surfaces absorb impact better and also teach your ankle to train those little tiny muscles deep in your foot to better support your whole foot. In the end your ankle will become stronger then it ever has before.

Rapplez
Thank you Very much for replying guys.... I went to a running store and they suggested a paid of Asics...

these to be exact:

http://www.asicsamerica.com/products/product.aspx?PRODUCT_ID=240012902&TITLE_CATEGORY_ID=250001539&PARENT_CATEGORY_ID=250001538

and i purchased... but i will listen to my doctor and take a week off running before starting again.. i will also see if i can find a spot to run on the grass, there is a track and field place by my home and i can run on the grass there....

again, thanks everyone!
 

laura

DH_Laura
Jul 16, 2002
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Glitter Gulch
I just read an interesting book that looks at the relationship between the "growth" of foot/shoe techhnology and increased injury rates. A couple of top distance running coaches were interviewed for the book and talked about the rise of cushioning and stabillity and injuries (specifically issues like PF) in their teams. They chose cheap shoes with less padding so that the foot could move freely and react to the ground under it. As well they promote a toe first strike. Evoluntionarily speaking we aren't meant to run with a heel strike, it is too jarring for the body. Padded stable shoes promote a heel strike first.

It was also a distance/ultra running book that looked at barefoot running and persistance hunting (chasing animals down on foot until they tire out). So it is biased to the extreme side of the sport.

Anyway, I have started alternating barefoot running, running with old shoes with little padding and running with my inserts in (I have bad knees and ankles). Balancing all of that out with yoga and slacklining I have actually built up quite a bit of strength and risistance in my weaker areas.

The book: Born to Run


I highly recomend it if you are into running.
 

reflux

Turbo Monkey
Mar 18, 2002
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PF is NO joke!



Always wear shoes, even sandals to the bathroom.

Change your shoes several times a day.

Ice your PF. I used to freeze a bottle of water and use that.

Massage your PF. I keep a golf ball at the office.

Stretch your ankle and PF. Many people suggest purchasing the night splints.



Aggressive treatment will prevent it from lingering and becoming a long-term problem. Good luck!
 

Pesqueeb

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Feb 2, 2007
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I started running several months ago. My wife, who is a big runner, made me go to the local running shop to get fit with shoes and put on the tread mill. Couldn't agree more about a good store. My local place put me on a treadmill to analyze stride and what not, they found me a great pair of Brooks shoes that I really like. I've got RH knee, hip, and pelvis issues and good running shoes made a huge difference pain wise for me.
 

tobes27

Chimp
Dec 14, 2010
26
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Bothell, WA
I used to have nagging knee problems when I was in the Army that kept me from running for a long time. There is a book called "Born to Run" anyone who enjoys or once enjoyed running should read. You may be surprised at the root cause of many a running injury. Been running in Vibram Five Fingers ever since and my knees are fine.
 

eric strt6

Resident Curmudgeon
Sep 8, 2001
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I really like running in Asics Gel Cumulus, I am a heavy neutral runner and these remove all road shock. It feels like i have pillows under my feet on a 10k and leaves my legs fresh for the next days run

 
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eric strt6

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Sep 8, 2001
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Well since I last posted in this thread I strained my Achilles on a rescue and my Asics seem to not help its rehab one bit. I went to Road Runner Sports and had a "Shoe Dog" fit that used a pad to locate my pressure poings and a camera on a tread mill to analyze my foot angle while running barefoot. The Asics Gel Nimbus and Cumulus were on the list of possible shoes as was the New Balance 1080. The 1080 felt weird walking around in the store as in had support in places I wasn't used having it. Then I tried all the shoes at a fast running pace on the treadmill. Ding Ding Ding zero achilles pain running it the 1080s the others were ok but the 1080s were on a different level. I bought them.
Ran on pavement and trails today, I can run again pain free...so cool

If you can find a store with experienced fitters and the treadmill / computer systems give it a good go. I was there trying shoes for well over an hour getting dialed in then running in every shoe 3 times on the treadmill for a total of two hours

 

stoney

Part of the unwashed, middle-American horde
Jul 26, 2006
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I switched from my normal running shoes over to the Vibram Barefoot shoes about a month ago. I'm finding that I can run more (day after day vs. longer runs) with less issues from my knees and back. I'm a big fan of barefoot-ish running at this point. First time in probably 10 years that running hasn't hurt my knee of back.
 

Willy Vanilly

Monkey
Jul 27, 2003
194
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San Jose
Hey Joker, have you noticed that the "barefoot" running seems to use different muscle groups? I swapped to Five Fingers earlier this year and for the first couple months of running (1-2 times/week) my calves were pretty sore after running. It's fine now that I'm running more consistently but it sure took some getting used to.

Also, which model did you go with? I got KSO's. Only complaint is that for trail running, they don't have much grip.
 

TheMontashu

Pourly Tatteued Jeu
Mar 15, 2004
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I switched from my normal running shoes over to the Vibram Barefoot shoes about a month ago. I'm finding that I can run more (day after day vs. longer runs) with less issues from my knees and back. I'm a big fan of barefoot-ish running at this point. First time in probably 10 years that running hasn't hurt my knee of back.
You need to be carefully with 5 fingers (I have some too, best camp shoes backpacking BTW, they **** on tevas or keens) You have to remember, they have ZERO support. All the support comes from the muscles in your feet, as apposed to the shoes. Typically they will make your feet sore as hell when you first start out with them. They usually recommend easing into them, say an hour or 2 to start and adding a few minutes each time.

As well they force you to toe strike. Basically what happens is they make the arch of your foot do what it's supposed to do, I.E. as a shock for the rest of you when you walk. Crappy shoes over the past several who knows how long allow people to heal strike, preventing the arch of your foot in moving in the way it's supposed to and there for collapsing over time. The thing about the 5 fingers, is your feet are basically going to hurt like hell if you heal strike as you are essentially walking barefoot.

As well, if you aren't into the "toe shoe" thing you can get merrel trail gloves, or nike frees, they are essentially the same thing with connected toes
 

vinnycactus

Monkey
May 27, 2004
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Matthews, NC
You have to remember, they have ZERO support. All the support comes from the muscles in your feet, as apposed to the shoes.
Hence the reason to use them. Ankle/knee/hip/back issues are built from the ground up. Weak feet=weak ankles=weak knees=weak back.

If you're thinking of going to a minimal/barefoot type shoe, the key is to work yourself in slowly as you're predisposed to wearing shoes with almost too much support. That being said, I wear these:

http://www.inov-8.com/New/Global/Product-View-BareXF-210-US.html
 

stevew

unique white person
Sep 21, 2001
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i had meant to watch the olympic track/field competition to see if barefoot mania had reached them....
 

Pesqueeb

bicycle in airplane hangar
Feb 2, 2007
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I just bought a pair of New Balance Minimus Zero Drop shoes. I really like them. I've only done three runs in them so far, but I've lost 10-15 seconds per mile (not that I'm fast by any stretch of the imagination) and am much more comfortable both during and after. If you're looking to go to a minimalist type shoe, I highly recommend these.
 

Ride Monzie

Monkey
Jan 4, 2013
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Killafornia
I started "running" last year. I run maybe once a month. I started out with the Vibram's and love them. Super comfortable and if it was socially acceptable I'd wear them ****'s all the time. Running still sucks though.
 

bean

Turbo Monkey
Feb 16, 2004
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Boulder
I'm a big Five Fingers fan. The only problem with them is that on longer runs or hikes on really rocky trails (or when there is no trail) my feet can get a little beat up. I ended up turning around on a long talus ridge when every step was becoming painful.

So I also wear New Balance MT110s when I want a little more protection for my feet. There's just a little bit more to them than the Minimus series. They have just a little drop, weigh just about the same, and have a rock plate.