My diagnosis? WFS. White Foot Syndrome. Yes, yes, some of you may also be suffering. Particularly rampant in the summer months when athletes all over are training out in the sun...those first nasty tan lines appear and before you know it, full blown White Foot Syndrome.
Above you can see an example of Lindsey Lohan. See, it affects even celebrities! I'm doing my best to wear sandals any other time I'm out in public. Trying to even out the tan. And yes, I use sunscreen, but it happens still.
On a more serious note, I HAVE been having some foot issues. Not the gross, ew her toenail just fell off kind. Not yet anyway. I've noticed a tenderness on my middle toes after my long runs. It's getting worse since, well, my long runs are getting longer. Yesterday after 14 miles I had the beginning of a blister. So I packed up my runners, threw on some dead shoes and headed to Run On.
I insisted on seeing George, he's the best fitter. He's in his late 50's and has run almost 40 marathons. This man KNOWS running. So I put my name on the list and waited patiently. He fit me for my fist pair of Mizunos way back when and I just wanted to make sure I was still in the right shoes. I've heard that our gait can change, thus changing our shoe requirements. After a brief convo, Geo watched me stand and had me run around. He knew exactly what the problem was. I'm rolling outward. What? And in fact, I am.
I've actually noticed lately that I'm standing that way, even in street shoes. Standing on the outsides of my feet. Because I'm doing this, there is less room in the toe box. So Geo recommended a wide width runner. Mizuno doesn't make wide widths, so after trying several, I found a New Balance pair I could live with. But I didn't make a purchase yet.
Not to be vain, but I've always had very narrow feet. That's one of the reasons I've always had to shy way from cheaper shoes; They don't come in narrow widths. So now, all of the sudden, I have wide feet? No, George assured me it was just to accommodate my roll. (believe me, I have all kinds of rolls that are giving me problems these days)
I think I should look into this further though. Shoes might help the toe tenderness, but they won't correct the problem. What would make me suddenly start standing/running funny? I'm thinking about a visit to Dr. Doyle, a Sports Therapist.
Has your gait changed since you started running? Did you see someone about it? Can I fix this? Could I have RICKETS?!?! (jk on that last one, well, mebe)