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    A kinesiologist in my department offered a gait analysis and it turns out I've got severe underpronation meaning I basically walk on the outside edges of my feet. The wear pattern on my shoes (and my garden of ingrown calluses) seems to bear this out.

    After snooping around there seem to be two ideas for this:
    • going barefoot/minimal will condition me to pronate more
    • it's permanent so use rollbar or stability shoes to avoid pelvic damage

    Both options seem equally expensive (and equally hard to find in 12EEEE).
    Any experience or knowledge with this issue?
    Thanks!
    37//6'3"/185

    My peculiar nutrition glossary and shopping list

  • #2
    If it were me, I'd transition to minimal or barefoot. In my opinion, using stability shoes will only cause your feet to become weaker, and probably bring up more foot/leg issues in the future. YMMV

    If you decide to go minimal/barefoot, there is some good info here (whether or not you plan on running):

    *** NEW BAREFOOT OR MINIMALIST RUNNERS START HERE *** | Runner's World Community
    My journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread82833.html

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    • #3
      So the US Army has done testing on whether people with foot rolls (over or under) need any kind of specialized shoe by studying people in training who do or don't get offered specialized shoes. Their research came out with no reduction in injury with the specialized shoes. Specialized shoes never win in studies (that I know of).

      That said, I am a huge believer based on my N=1. I spent almost two years on crutches and various other stupid medical interventions until I learned to get the right shoes. Before that I played high school sports and my mother always brought a cooler of ice to the events to put my feet in because it was the only way to keep me able to walk. If you are significantly disabled, get the specialized shoes already. For me it is a major issue in quality of life.

      But if things are going okay, if you don't have pain or injury... Do what feels best for you.
      “In God we trust; all others must bring data.” W. Edwards Deming
      Blogging at http://loafingcactus.com

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      • #4
        I recommend:
        Xero sandals
        Luna sandals
        Lem's shoes
        New Balance Minimus
        Vibram 5-Fingers
        Merril whatever-gloves (trail gloves, vapor gloves, whatever their minimalist line is called)
        etc.
        Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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        • #5
          I used to have one of the worst cases of over-pronation. I was in orthotics from the minute I woke up, to literally straight before bed. I never fixed anything. After some research I jumped straight into going barefoot 24/7. Now I've got strong feet and arches.

          I know this is over, not under-pronation - but I think going minimal, if not barefoot, would be best.

          T.

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          • #6
            Don't wear shoes at home. There's a cheap intervention for you.

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            • #7
              I tend to overpronate, though when barefoot I naturally correct myself and walk more normally. I'm looking into getting a pair of minimalist shoes I can wear to work. Although living in New England makes that tough in the winter.
              I find your lack of bacon disturbing.

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              • #8
                Good leads to check out, thanks!

                Come to think of it my legs feel more correct when I'm unshod at home. No injuries yet but I worry about the minor sores reducing my hiking enthusiasm. I'm wondering how much of this issue is caused by those $20 Payless shoes that can be wrung like a dish towel.
                37//6'3"/185

                My peculiar nutrition glossary and shopping list

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                • #9
                  Pete, I ran across a very interesting article today that may shed some light:

                  Why Shoes Make "Normal" Gait Impossible
                  My journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread82833.html

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                  • #10
                    You don't have to endure harsh winters and bloody feet just because you want minimal shoes. Simply opt for the simplest shoes you can find that will do the job and forget about any ideas that you must have huge lug soles to hike or that you need motion control to run or whatever.
                    Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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                    • #11
                      I have the same issue wich is starting to cause problems with my knees (short muscle on inside of thigh pulls my feet around and causes me to toe in and walk on the outside of heel) my chiro sugested doing calf/ foot excersizes with weight to help (lift up leg and rotate foot as far as possible) just started doing so dont knw it its helping yet...


                      He also sugested the slip in foot supports untill i exsplained those things Kill my feet...
                      Every time I hear the dirty word 'exercise', I wash my mouth out with chocolate.

                      http://primaldog.blogspot.co.uk/

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                      • #12
                        forgot to say, using a 12kg kettleball for the exercises
                        Every time I hear the dirty word 'exercise', I wash my mouth out with chocolate.

                        http://primaldog.blogspot.co.uk/

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                        • #13
                          Slip in foot supports are the worst of all worlds: you are in the wrong shoe. They are absolutely not the answer. Something like 1 in 2,000 people who are prescribed orthodics actually benefit from them, much less all the additional people who use over-the-counter products.
                          “In God we trust; all others must bring data.” W. Edwards Deming
                          Blogging at http://loafingcactus.com

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                          • #14
                            I cant even wear shoes that have a lot of support, I spend a lot of time barefoot & have Xeros now but cant wear thos for work.
                            Every time I hear the dirty word 'exercise', I wash my mouth out with chocolate.

                            http://primaldog.blogspot.co.uk/

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