Trial and Error

Joe is a local high school swimmer. On the advice of his family Physician, Joe’s parents brought him to Lucky Road to be fitted for a good pair of over the counter orthotics. Joe has a very unique gait cycle, one I may have seen about 10 times in my 20 years of conducting biomechanics assessments. Normal foot biomechanics are such that our feet will invert about 4 degrees before initially striking the ground on the outside of our heels. Joe’s feet do the opposite. His feet evert in air phase and strike the ground to the inside of his heels.

An orthotic is not a bad idea but, it is only as supportive as the shoe where it is placed. If the shoes are not stable the orthotic will not be stable either. So before we considered fitting Joe with orthotics, we wanted to see his physical response to wearing shoes with a little more support. First we tried the Asics 2000, a reliable shoe with a mild degree of stability. After a few steps in the Asics 2000, …

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Bigger isn’t always better….

Jay was in earlier today. He has a history of pain across the ball of his foot. It was diagnosed years ago as a mortons neuroma. Jay went through non-invasive procedures to alleviate the pain, which for the most part proved successful. One major change he made was to start wearing wider running shoes. The extra width took a lot of pressure away from the ball of his foot.Recently though some of Jay’s foot pain started to return. As we spoke he explained how he was in the habit of wearing the Brooks Ghost in size 10.5 2E. But the last store he visited didn’t have that exact size in stock at the time so they told Jay that a size 11 D was the same thing. Upon hearing this I immediately shook my head no and said “that’s not true.” But Jay didn’t know that at the time so he trusted their advice and purchased the 11 D. Unfortunately he had just been conned into buying a shoe that didn’t fit right and in turn caused his neuroma to …

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You need a little less stability in your life

Stoney just visited Lucky Road looking for a new pair of running shoes. In addition to serving our country as a member of the armed forces, he is training for a marathon this year. Stoney thought it would be a good idea to bring his old shoes with him so we could see the wear pattern. Ordinarily the wear patterns are of little use in deciphering a runners actual gait. There are too many variables to consider which make reading certain patterns less than accurate. However, the wear patterns on Stoney’s shoes were much TOO accurate.

Stoney had been wearing a pair of Brooks Adrenaline’s. A very good shoe for runners who exhibit a moderate to severe degree of shoe pronation. Less than 35% of runners fall into that category. The wear on his Adrenaline showed shearing to the outside, lateral, edge of the sole. The midsole was also collapsing laterally, or to the outside. Without having watched Stoney run I was observing a shoe that showed he was being over corrected. But we don’t want to make assumptions here, it’s …

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The importance of good gait analysis

Kyle visited Lucky Road yesterday to tell us about his foot pain. Seems all was fine and dandy until he went to a store that claimed to provide professional gait analysis. He was told he overpronated and needed a pair of stability shoes. That’s when the pain on the outside of his foot started. So he went to another store that claimed to provide professional gait analysis. They also said Kyle overpronated but needed $65 orthotics to raise his flat arches to go along with stability shoes. They sold him a pair that were too narrow and had been discontinued five years ago. That’s when the pain got worse. So far Kyle was into this for almost $200 yet his problem got worse!

It’s commonly believed that flat arches are overpronated and therefore need extra support. This is a false theory. With our Lucky Road iPad app for video gait analysis we were able to show Kyle that his flat feet were perfectly stable. He didn’t overpronate and didn’t need any stability features in his shoes, or $65 supports …

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Importance of Wearing Properly Fitted Shoes

Earlier today one of our Facebook friends inquired about painful cramping in her toes while she runs; she wanted to know what could be the cause. So we thought it would be a great opportunity to talk about wearing the right size running shoe.

There could be many reasons why you are experiencing cramping in your toes while you run, but one of the major causes is the shoes may actually to be too small or too narrow. Some people do not realize that while running our feet spread and swell an average of 5 mm each time we strike the ground. Shoes that are too small don’t allow our feet to spread, but instead confine our feet. This confinement can easily lead to decreased circulation; it can impinge nerves and cause the joints to bend in odd directions.

None of these are good things. So what can you do?

First, if you’re in the Midlothian, Chesterfield, Richmond, Northern Virginia or DC Metro stop by Lucky Road. {If you’re not in the area go to a running specialty store}. It …

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