As more runners are hearing about minimalist shoes, they are finding that they were actually running incorrectly in their traditional running shoes. Here is yet another example of how someone figured out on their own that the “shoes” weren’t helping his running. In fact, they were actually hindering it.
Lee’s Story I started running weekly about 5 years ago in Asics Gel Kayano’s. For 2 years, I couldn’t run more than 2 miles without having to ice down my knees & ankles after every run. My Iliotibial band was also giving me pain on the outside of both knees & hips. I visited Second Sole and they recommended that I switch to the Mizuno Wave Riders. These shoes helped at first, allowing me to run a little further, and while they slightly reduced my knee & ankle pain, by the end of the summer, the same intense pains were back. Then, 2 years ago in combination with my diet, I switched to the New Balance Trail Minimus shoes, which completely eliminated all knee, ankle and IT band pains. I am now able to run further, faster and pain free! For the last several months, I’ve been running primarily in the FiveFingers (Bikilas)—still use the NB Minimus for my triathlon races.
Dr. Campitelli is a podiatrist in Akron, OH specializing in foot and ankle surgery with an interest and enthusiasm for running as well as helping runners with injuries. For the past several years he has been treating running injuries in patients by fixing their form and transitioning them to minimalist shoes. Having treated runners with all types of injuries through conservative measures with orthotics and shoe gear changes to reconstructive foot and ankle surgery, Dr. Campitelli has brought what works best and is most current to his practice as well as the Akron and Cleveland running communities.