As a minimalist runner, you are probably thrilled to be reaping the benefits of such an efficient, and more importantly biomechanically safe form of running technique. The Chi Running method (example), has allowed countless runners to avoid short term as well as long term injury to the lower extremities.
One the challenges facing a good portion of the running population is foot, knee and/or hip pain. This can be a factor no matter what running technique you practice, or how incredible your new running shoes may be. Foot problems arise from many different sources incuding genetic factors, traumatic injury or repetitive over use.
The basic solution for overcoming these challenges lies in correcting the biomechanic dysfuction. There are two schools of thought in doing so. These include, Rigid orthotics, dynamic orthotics and appropriate rehabilitation. In my efforts to address the patient who seeks care for the problems noted, I have had huge success in addressing the issue from a dynamic angle. After evaluation and diagnosis of the condition, I find that rigid orthotics or foot exercises fall short of facilitating two things:
1. Providing permanent symptom relief along with a long term solution to the condition.
2. Rigid orthotics do not allow the runner to work their way into the potential for building the intrinsic (residing within the foot) muscles so as to work toward the ultimate goal of a minimalist shoe and the use of our best shock absorbers, or own joint structure.
The process includes an accurate evaluation, gait scan and most importantly “A Plan”