|06-07-2011, 08:49 AM||#1|
Carbon fiber shanks and feet things
Last year a specialist diagnosed me with a type of arthritis in my foot which causes me pain/after when I run. The metatarsal is "squaring" off where it meets the phalange for the big toe. Not pleasant (e.g. I cannot hold a planche/push-up position without a lot of pain in left big tow metatarsal area). A carbon fiber shank was made to minimize flexion of the joint while running. It helps a lot, the pain level is down, and I've been running on it for a year. That is not the issue.
My question: Would it benefit me to get a shank made for the other (right) foot? I don't have the same type of pain in the right foot, but I feel that logging 15-25 miles a week and stressing my feet (and posterior chain/body) unevenly could do some long term damage... I would just go ahead and buy a right foot shank insert, but they are custom made and cost $60 minimum here. Maybe the better question is... would it hurt anything to get a shank made for the right foot?
Note: I do occasionally have some pain in my right foot the next morning after a run, but the pain is not in the same area as the metatarsal and is more mid-foot, so I don't think it is related. This pain is also only on the right foot, not the left. Any thoughts on what this could be? Could a shank help this?
NB: I would go to my doctor again, but I am currently uninsured and don't want to the bear the cost of a visit at the moment.
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