Sunday, December 18, 2011
Always Listen To Your Doctor???
During our visit he made what I thought to be an odd assessment. He told me that I severely over pronate. I was sitting on the table when he broke the news and other than 2 or 3 hops on my right foot he had not seen me touch the ground let alone walk or run. In my mind I was thinking "what on earth makes you think that and how the hell did you come up with this interesting conclusion". What I actually said was "I have had my stride analyzed several times and have never been told that I over pronate and am in fact neutral". Is it possible that things could have changed I wondered? The doctor seemed to think it was obvious. He said I should get an orthodic called Powerstep. I bought them and tried them because doctors know best. Right?
I even had confirmation from my wife who looked at me like I was crazy when I showed up at home with these things and shared the story. After my first run I sent him an email explaining all of the things I was concerned about from the arch, foot position and ankle discomfort. He suggested I keep at it, allowing the orthodics to break in. So I kept at it for the next week running minimal mileage. I never ran more than 9 miles and began to experience what I would describe as significant knee pain at the base of my right patella. It was not constant but up hill/stairs, down hill/stairs, during the act of standing up or sitting down and even pushing my chair back at my desk would send sharp twinges through my knee.
Bye Bye orthodics and guess what? No more pain. Just had a great week of pain free running. Returned the orthodics too, as they come with a 30 day satisfaction guarantee.
I will continue to listen to my doctor's medical advice but I think I will follow my own advise and instincts where running is concerned.