Can a faulty shoe be the cause of my injury?

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Two of our favorite quotes in the Lyno world are

Treat the cause, not the symptom
Find and unlock the injury pattern“.

Could  your new pair of running shoes be the cause of your new spontaneous injury? Even if you bought the same model as before?

Two months ago my husband decided that it is time to replace his trail running shoes. He bought the same model, a zero-drop neutral running shoe, and started to wear them daily for 4 weeks to ‘walk them in‘ before he would take them out for their first short run on the mountain. During the 4 weeks before the first run, he starts to complain of feeling stiff and achy in the knees, hips and back, blaming it on his old running shoes that were most probably a bit past their sell by date.

He finally went for his first short run in the new shoes, which went fine, and then ran his second run the day after, 18kms crossing over Table mountain; his favorite Saturday morning run. After the run he sat down for breakfast, but when he tried to get up, he felt a stabbing pain in his back. A visit to the chiropractor 2 days later had no effect on the pain and when we finally did the full Lyno assessment on him, he was clearly stuck in an injury pattern with a locked hip, knee and ankle. The ankle was particularly stiff, and he vaguely remembered that the ankle felt stiff on the run over the mountain.

We released the locked pattern and he felt a lot better but after the next short run, the pain in his back was even worse and the assessment showed that the ankle lock was even worse than before. We managed to release the locked pattern again, took 2 days off running, but despite the pouring rain on day 3, off he went again, and returned home, soaking wet and sore again.

An unnecessary injury will cost you a lot more than replacing your shoes.

He took his shoes off in front of the fire and pulled the wet innersoles out and guess what, the left shoe housed 2 innersoles! After 4 weeks of carefully preparing his shoes for running – already at that point complaining of aches and stiffness, and another 2 weeks of on and off running, we finally found the culprit!

Was it not for his desperate run in the rain, he might have ended up with a chronic back condition and if we did not know how to assess his body to find and unlock the injury pattern, he might have replaced the shoes, but would have been stuck in a non-aligned body, resulting in chronic recurring injury.

I have seen many injuries over the years caused by faulty shoes.

Luckily in this case, the shoes itself was not a fault. However in my career of the past 35 years, working mainly with runners, And note that it does not have to be your running shoes, it might even be your new expensive office shoes! One of my elite athletes very reluctantly got rid of his new expensive pair of work shoes after he has been feeling tightness in his one calf at the end of his first day of wearing them to work. When we tested the shoes, his body  clearly showed an imbalance when wearing them. If you suspect that your shoes could be the cause of your injury, get rid of them.

Try the following test:

Stand barefoot with your feet slightly apart. Hang to the one side and make a mark on your leg at the tip of your middle finger. Now hang to the other side and mark the similar spot on that side. If your body is neutral, your measurements should be equal. (If not, your body is most probably already stuck in an injury pattern and the test will therefor be invalid). Now put on the shoes and repeat the test. If your alignment is out when you are wearing the shoes, the shoes are most probably to blame for your niggle or injury.

Make sure your body is aligned.

Finally, once you have replaced your shoes, make sure that you have your body tested to ensure that the faulty shoes have not caused your body to get stuck in an injury pattern, which may lead to recurring issues, even if your new shoes are perfect!