I have been regularly running now for about 4 years and just completed my first marathon in March. My next is planned for Kiawah Island, SC in December. I have been running in Asics 2000 series (2090, 2100, 2110) for the past 3 years or so and they feel great on the feet. However, as my training for the marathons intensified so did problems with my feet, shins and lower back. Since the marathon I have suffered with plantar fascitis in one foot and inflammation under the toe joints in the other. I know from seeing several experts that I pronate - not severely but enough to cause problems. My arch has collapsed significantly from the running (I went from wearing a 10 1/2 street shoe and 11 running to a 11 1/2 street shoe and a 12 running shoe within the first year of running). The running store I buy from always recommends the Asics line as being the best for me. Recently, they encouraged me to upgrade to the Asics Kayano XII for an additional $30 plus the SofSole shoe liner with extra arch support but the foot problems have remained (shin splints are much better!) and the wallet is getting lighter.
Can anyone recommend a different shoe that may work better for me? I don't want to invest more money trying a bunch of different brands without others' advice and my favorite store just keeps putting me in Asics. Thanks.
I'm wondering if you have seen any kind of doctor for your problems? it doesn't say that you have in your post...
but if you haven't, then I think you really should. but you should see someone who is a specialist in these kinds of sports injuries, and will take a holistic approach.
I have been dealing with similar issues as you...basically my body just had one prob after the other, beginning with foot pain (tho mine wasn't plantar fascitis) then going to my back, then my hip. I saw many chiropractors and doctors, and sometimes they were helpful, but none of them put it all together and could "fix" me.
now, I am seeing a massage therapist (who specializes in sports injuries) and a musculoskeletal specialist. and I have made vast improvements since seeing them.
what happens is a chain reaction in your body from having one part of your body "off" just a little bit. muscle imbalances occur and they won't simply go away, unless you retrain the correct muscles to work right. the massage helps because certain muscles get really tight since they're now compensating for other muscles that are weak or being cut off. with your foot not working correctly, I fear you are setting your body up for a slew of other problems.
anyway, sorry for the long reply, especially if you have already have heard this stuff. I just don't think it's simply a matter of getting a different pair of shoes at this point since you already have the problems.
I've heard of people having luck with orthotics (from a podiatrist), however I didn't go this route mainly because I am convinced I can fix my body without them. and I don't want to depend on them for the rest of my life to be able to run/walk correctly. but different things work for differently people so maybe they could help you.
hope you find this helpful!!
I got orthotics back in 1980 and am glad I did. I have flat feet and they made the difference between being chronically injured and not. I went from a middle packer to a front runner. I am glad that I am dependent on orthotics and believe they are worth the cost. However, they are not for everyone and they are expensive (approximately $500 without insurance). The good news is that my first pair lasted 15 years, and my second, while reconditioned, have lasted 11. They are the rigid plastic orthotics.
I too have similar problems after running 3 marathons with another coming up in October. I also ran on Asics 2000 series, with one time try on Brooks GTS 5 (not too thrilled). I do have occasional bouts with plantar fascitis, ITBS, and hip pains but not getting into serious problems. I too believe it's more of body alignment, like previous post mentioned, accentuated with heavy load of running. 12 pair in a year! Wow! I went through 3 pairs a year (2 marathons, 4-5 5-10k races). The Kayano is for heavy runner and I found it too hard (Not flexible) to run on. I do use an insole for arch support. Massage and stretching do help getting into serious problems. Good luck.
Thanks to all 3 of you who replied. I do see a chiropractor who has done a great job keeping my lower back and neck from getting too out of whack and I did see an orthopedic surgeon/sports medicine specialist who works with local professional athletes. He admits that the plantar fascitis is really treatable only with ibuprofen and rest. It's probably an annoyance I will have to deal with if I continue to run. I have seen massage therapists and that certainly eases the pain and tightness. However, as the father of 3 small kids I find it challenging to spend that kind of money on myself for regular massage visits. Also, I did not go through 12 shoes in a year. I was referring to the way my shoe size increased so dramatically due to the falling arch. 'Sorry for the lack of clarity.
Thanks for the help!
I have to say that I used to have a plethora of problems mysleft with different types of shoes...I used to run in many different brands and have switched over to Newtons a few months ago...and I love love love them!! I have had NOT ONE PAIN in my feet or knees- and even got rid of my shin splints...I would highly recommend at least taking a look at them!
Good luck and Happy Running!
"What will you WEAR on your next RACE DAY???"
Everybody has to find their own comfort level shoe -- for me it's the ASics Gel Nimbus series...
I had a case of Plantar a while back and it was my Keene sandals that caused it,,, never know what causes it --- my podiatrtist ( a fellow runner) diagnosed the plantar and
suggested the 2150 since it's a more ridgid sole -- he swearsw by them ---
I've run 3 marathons in New Balance 990 series) and the other 8 in the Gel Nimbus.. don't know how many 1/2's in both the same type of shoe with the emphasis on the Asics...
Stick to the Asics brand and see a podiatrist for help....
As for me, I would go to a known shoewear store, such as footlocker, where I can find proffesional employees who can give me a good and useful advise.
If you decide to do that , I would suggest to look for and print a Footlocker Coupon so I can get good discounts online and at stores.
Good Luck !