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I’ve had many running injuries/issues over the years which
led to “I run when I’m not injured from running” situation. I have been working on improving several
biomechanical issues since the start of the year (not on my own - specialized
program). There was hip dropping, leg
swing/inversion and heel striking going on.
I also have chronically tight calves/limited dorsiflexion.
I’ve been running in minimalist
(started in a 4mm NB10 Trail) and added the Merrill Trail glove. I’ve made great strides, not perfect but far
better (and was told I may never end up with “perfect” mechanics but at least I’ve
improved the stress on my knees, etc.).
The only issue that continues to haunt me is the dorsiflexion/calves (I
continue to do the recommended rolling, stretching, strengthening). Over the course of the transition to
minimalist, I’ve had some issues mostly resulting from the flexion/calves, and
now have peroneal issues which I’ve started to get PT treatment for as it is
ongoing (and I’m not running). The PT
person is thinking this may be because I’ve been now doing most of my runs in
the 0mm Merrill and perhaps with my limited dorsiflexion, it’s just too much
and she suggests moving to a less “minimal/barefoot” 4mm shoe. I am disappointed as it feels like I’m
taking a step backward, but need to keep focused on the goal to run properly
and not get injured. With all that said – I’m asking for advice/experience/thoughts
on both the situation as well as shoe recommendations.