Bow legs, shoes and ITBS
Posted 12 January 2005 - 11:58 AM
I am currently suffering from some ITB pain, a problem that has cropped up occaisonly for me. I am definitely at the 'mild' end of the spectrum and in the past stretching has always sorted the problem. This time it is a bit worse so I have read around a bit and have read that bow legs make you more suscptible to this problem.
The question is: does anyone know if there is a type of shoe that is suited to the particular(peculiar?) biomechanics of bow legged running?(I am quite high arched and while I definitely pronate I have no idea if it is overpronation or just normal).
I ask this question because I just bought a pair of 1090s that seem to exacerbate the problem - have previously been wearing 2090s.
Any advice or ideas would be much appreciated.
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Posted 12 January 2005 - 01:42 PM
Whilst no expert I think the best advice is that you see a podiatrist or make a vist to a specialist store when you can. The advice is priceless if it helps keep you injury free.
I’m a bit bow legged and used to have ITB problems on and off. I’d was running in ASICS Kayano’s at the time.
When I needed new shoes I went to a podiatry based running store and they suggested that most of the Asics shoes were probably too built up on the instep for me.
So, after trying out several different shoes on the treadmill (including 2080's) I ended up with a pair of Brooks Glycerine 3’s. The theory is they allow a more natural gait for me and don't push my feet out so much. Bit pricey but (touch wood) no ITB problems since.
Posted 12 January 2005 - 05:48 PM
I've also had some problems with 'shin splints', which I believe are related to my bow leggedness, because my arches are neutral. Having bowed legs would very slightly change the angle at which the feet hit the ground, ie: adding to a pronation situation. I've had podiatrists and phyios look at all this, and I've tried arch supports, but for me what has worked has been some good supportive shoes (initially, Brooks Beasts which were great), but importantly, heaps of stretching. There is a train of thought that we should take the focus off all the fancy expensive technology, and focus on biomechanically corrective measures. Remember, shin splints etc were hardly heard of before modern shoes came along.. If you want to know a great stretch for shin splints, let me know as well..
Cheers - Wal.
Posted 13 January 2005 - 12:46 AM
Posted 13 January 2005 - 01:07 AM
A neutral shoe is one option, but sometimes they tend to be a little soft and can still collapse out. One shoe I often recommend for the foot (and leg) type you describe is the brooks vapor- it had a little bit of medial support, but is still quite firm on the lateral aspect. It is a great shoe for those who tend to heavily compress the outside of the shoe. It is a good no frills shoe which is often ignored because it doesn't have all the bells and whistles. I have had a few people report that the sales assistants thought that I had made an error in recommending them!
A bonus is that this shoe is relatively cheap.
Hope this helps
Posted 13 January 2005 - 05:28 AM
Posted 13 January 2005 - 11:35 PM
Go straight to a podiatrist and get the diagnosis first.
Posted 13 January 2005 - 12:00 PM
Cheers - Wal.
Posted 13 January 2005 - 12:58 PM
Posted 13 January 2005 - 01:21 PM