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Awesome doctor’s visit

April 28, 2009

After waking up stiff and uncomfortable this morning I was fed up with my shins. I went to work and talked to H who encouraged me to call my doctor to see if I could get in to see him either today or tomorrow before I went out of town. In between classes I ran to use the phone and unfortunately my doctor wasn’t in today, but I was able to get an appointment with another doctor who joined the practice since the last time that I was there.

I was a little nervous about what the doctor would say about my running (would she be supportive, tell me to stop, etc.), but she was WONDERFUL! She’s also a sports medicine specialist (like my doctor) and started running about two years ago. She had a lot of tips on stretching and also told me to check out the Runners World that came out a few months ago about shin stretching exercises. She was very excited and encouraging when I told her about training for the Nike Women’s Marathon and also asked if I was planning on participating in local runs this summer. It was awesome chatting with her about running and the different experiences that we’ve had trying to find things that work for us.

We talked a little bit about the two “fittings” that I’d had at the two different stores and I shared how I felt about them. I expressed my concern that the first place had put me in more of a stability shoe than what I needed while the second store put me in a shoe that didn’t have enough. I talked to her about my A-line insoles and she said that because my arches are “medium” that what the insoles are actually doing is basically pushing my foot so that I’m running more on the outside to compensate for my pronation and wanting to turn in, while I actually need more support for my heel more than anything. I noticed the “pushing”, but just assumed that that’s how insoles were supposed to feel. She recommended removing them on my next run to see if it helps.

Before I left, the doctor gave me a “prescription” to the New Balance store in Jax. I’m not sure if it will make a difference, but since I feel like Goldilocks with my shoes maybe the third time will be a charm 🙂 She also told me that my usual doctor was out because he was at orientation to be a doctor for the Olympics team! How cool is that! I have to go back next week for my regular visit so I’ll be sure to get more details on that.

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  1. Kelly permalink
    April 30, 2009 4:11 pm

    Very cool. Your PCP is a sports medicine specialist? Jealous.

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