I had run about 12 kms in one go (also 22 rounds of JNU stadium) when in September 2008 and was all set for the Delhi Half Marathon in early November 2008. Alas, I developed some problem with the feet (underpronation) which prevented me from running and I kinda stopped running more or less after that (thanks also to laziness).
Under pronation, also referred to as supination, occurs when the foot rolls outwards at the ankle. Some under pronation is normal during movement or when exercising. However, when this type of movement becomes excessive, it may generate severe pain as well as damage to the tissue in the feet.
I have begun running now only (today is April 02, 2009 and it is comfortable now). The following lines document the problem I was experiencing (it was an email I sent to the running enthusiast Mr. Rahul Verghese in Gurgaon; I met him a few days after he responded and he did a quick gait analysis for me and gave me suggestions too but was of no avail, sigh!). My Adidas shoe is still almost new and I don’t look forward to changing it this year unless I get some major problem again.
This blog post is being published on April 2, 2009 with a back date!
I am experiencing a lot of pain in the right of the right knee for quite some time and I have after careful research on the internet, diagnosed that my problem is ‘underpronation’ (I always knew it but never took it seriously).
I carefully saw my Woodland sandal and found that it is worn out on the outside and ditto for my shoe! I am also a case of knock-knee. I think I am somewhere between normal arch and high arch (probably normal arch only). Of late I had pain in the shin, then the knees and now the right of the right knee and I am unable to run beyond two kilometers without having pain.
I have run a maximum of 12 kms about 20 days ago; I am preparing for the ADHM on 9 November (for which I am registered) but have not been able to run for last ten days. My aim is to complete the race in less than 2 hours which I believe I will do only if I don’t get any pain or injury.
My present shoe is Adidas which is just two months old. I bought it without analyzing it scientifically. I have attached photos of my feet and shoes. Please also see them.
I guess I need to change my shoes; please diagnose my problem correctly and tell me what type of shoe I should buy now. Internet research tells me that I need “curved lasts, light trainers”; I am confused (on how to find them etc); please tell me which shoe to buy. Please also tell me the shop if possible; I don’t think any shop in Delhi does gait analysis or knows about foot types etc. Also, my budget is 1500 Rupees only! I bought my last shoe from Adidas factory Outlet at Mahipalpur in 1470 Rupees after a discount of 30 per cent. I can meet you if you will visit South Delhi sometime soon (I live in JNU). You may also tell me if I can correct my present shoe only by putting some insole in some strategic place near the heel etc.
This pain is the only factor that prevents my running. I am very health conscious and am full of stamina and energy while running; only the pain does me in. From baked potatoes to Pasta, I am eating it all.