Let me start this post by saying that I am not advocating any particular type treatment over another and that I am just speaking from experience. Please see a health care professional to determine what course of treatment might work best for you.
If you have been reading for blog for a while or over the last couple weeks you have heard me complain about my hip and right leg. I don’t know exactly what to call it and injury isn’t necessarily the correct word, but I’ve been hurting so bad that I have been struggling to run.
I had some pain in the arch of my right foot during the Miami Half Marathon and just figured it was a fluke, which was until it continued to pop up here and there on training runs.
In the weeks leading up to the Disney Princess Half Marathon weekend I continued to struggle with my runs and my hip continued to bother me. I was worried to go have it looked at so close to the race weekend because I was concerned how any sort of adjustment might affect me. I didn’t want to be out for race weekend and I was still able to run even though it was painful.
During the half marathon my hip and right leg bothered me horribly. I felt like every mile the pain got worse and worse. My hip was grinding and the way some of the course was banked just irritated everything even more.
When I came home from the trip I knew it was time to see the chiropractor. I had never been to the chiropractor before and was terrified. I decided to ask around and found a place that a coworker recommended. I had already tried so many stretches and techniques and nothing seems to help my pain so I figured it was worth a shot.
I was so surprised with the whole experience. I talked to the chiropractor about my situation and he helped to align my spine then helped to diagnose my hip pain. To make a long story short, my legs were incredibly uneven and the muscles in my right quad were so tight that they were continuing to pull my hip out causing pain.
The first couple weeks I went to the chiro three sessions a week and started to see major changes in my body. My back and hip pain were dramatically better and I had a starting point on ways to prevent this problem from continuing. I now have a special two person stretch to do to help stretch the length of my muscle because traditional stretches have not seemed to help.
Over the last week or so I have been able to cut back my visits to once a week and have been able to get fitted for shoes. The chiropractor wanted me to wait until my legs were even, so when he told me last week I decided to bite the bullet and get fitted for shoes.
I always tell newbie runners to go to a local running store and get fitted for shoes, but I have never taken my own advice. I have always run in neutral shoes and have never experienced any problems. Since I got the hip issue corrected I decided to get fitted just to have someone else look at my gait. I am so glad I did!
I think my gait has changed over the last couple months due to the tension in my right leg muscles and my hip. I imagine I will be able to correct this with time. I now prorate in on my right foot. I tried and tested a variety of shoes, but in the end settled on these Pearl Izumi shoes that offer light stability.
I still love my Brooks Ghost and Brooks Glycerin, but can feel the difference in the Pearls. The Pearls seem to correct the pronation just slightly and the wider platform makes the landing feel more stabile. I have only run in them a couple times, but can feel the difference when I go back to other shoes.
Never in a million years would I have thought that a different shoe would make all the difference for me especially because the issue is quite minor. I am still getting used to the cushioning in the mid foot/toe because I am used to the ultimate padding from the Brooks but I can feel the difference in my right leg from the Pearl Izumi shoes.
I am hoping that my feet will toughen up over the next couple weeks. The “rocker” design of the Pearls is interesting too. I thought it would drive me crazy and I would get annoyed, but I really like it. It makes the transition from heel to toe feel like silk. I will be sharing a review of the shoe in the next few weeks once I feel like I have broke them in well enough.
I am sharing all of this in hopes that if you are experiencing pain or discomfort you will not wait and will go see someone the moment you start thinking about it all the time. I used to leave for runs with anxiety because I was worried that the pain would return or that I will further injury myself. I would also have anxiety from not running. I would worry that my body just needed to adapt and that by skipping the run I was only hurting my fitness.
Sometimes I try to do everything myself instead of letting others help me when they are better qualified. You know your body better than anyone else, so only you can know the difference between an off day and a problem that continues to occur.
It’s important to develop relationships with others who can encourage you and help you be better. I am thankful for my chiropractor and will be seeing him regularly through marathon training so I can stay healthy. We ask our bodies to do so much and need to take better care of them.
Today I am linking up with Amanda over at Running with Spoons. Happy Thursday!
Have you ever seen a chiropractor?
Have new shoes changed your running?