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I only joined up today and sitting here watching the marathon on the Olympics and feeling (angry) and frustrated at my current health...
I'm posting to see if anyone can offer me any other advice or has suffered similarly
I got orthotics (at first half ones) about ten years ago because i had plantar fascitis in both feet at the time. Interferential eased the pain and to be honest I didn't notice the orthotics doing that much. Since then I've had one knock-on injury after another from calf cramping, more fascitis, shin splints, and now a heel spur on my right heel. I now have full orthotics.
I was told I over pronate and my arches weren't supportive (I don't have flat feet) ....
I'm now at a chirporactor who has said as a physio did previously I should perhaps try life without the orthotics and go for the running shoes that have the pronation support. I wish I'd listened to that about 3 years ago.
I now fine myself in immense daily pain, first thing in the morning cannot put full weight on my right foot at all as it cannot support my body and walk on the outside of the foot to avoid the pain that is on the inside.
I cannot see a way out of this back to being able to run even 2 miles twice a week!!! I think I'm going to be offered cortisone but the way I see it I need to build up my calves, achilles and plantar AWAY from the orthotics. I have paid for treatment from physio, osteopaths, and now chiropractors over these last ten years....I'm so down about this (I'm only 42) but feel physically older. I had to fight to get my right knee x-rayed and they only did my right heel because i had the orthopaedic appointment anyway.
Is there anyway back from this to allow me to run even once a week for a couple of miles?
Sorry for the length of post am just at my wits end :O(
PS - I just watched how one of the Kenyan runners runs she seems to run inwards with her knees together and toward the inside of her foot - now she's a professional athlete I refuse to believe that I cannot achieve something!