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I was writing a long thread earlier this morning, but we had a power cut before I could post it. So I'm going to be brief this time and expand upon it as needed by replies.
The crux of the matter is this - After having two ankle injuries over a 3 months period I've just had a Biomechanic/Gait analysis done. I was recommended a 4-6° or mm arch raise orthotic (my ankles fall inwards)! I couldn't afford it so was given a cheaper alternative to get by on.
I'm skeptical about orthothics, as opinion is divided about there use. After about 1 hour I developed hot spots on my heal and ball of my foot. (never had that before). It's my understanding that if orthothics aren't comfortable then they aren't doing the job. I've also read that the body will just engage other muscles to produce the bodies natural forward movement.
I was also told not to wear my vivobarefoot everyday shoes or my minimalist trail shoes. I should buy a shoe with a stiff structure to support my foot. Also almost my entire leg muscles were very tight due to my shoes. I was given stretching excerises to do twice a day. Well, I did them on the evening and in the morning I was bloody stiff all over - Tight achilles just from excerises, is that right?
I do love feeling the gorund, but I also want to run injury free for more than a few months. So is my skepticism about orthotics and big clunky shoes getting in the way of making a rational decision.
Can you correct pronating ankles without orthotics?
Hope someone out there can help.