Am I Suited to Running, Especially Uphills?
I have one leg longer than the other and high arches on my feet making prolonged walking and a short period of running painful.
I am fine running on flat ground, steady and slow, but struggle uphills and sometimes due to the camber of the path feel lopsided.
In doing a half marathon I had to walk as it was quicker and I had a good walking pace.
How much does one leg longer than the other affect hill running?
Am I suited to running and just need to keep training to be able to run a long distance, not walk, or should I stick to walking?Answer by Dominique:
That's an interesting situation you have got there.
I have to stress that I am not a doctor.
In just thinking about it, when you have an uneven pronation I would expect that any strenuous activity would put extra stress on your legs, spine and lower back.
The example you gave is pretty indicative as well. In a half marathon you had to walk instead of run.
I would expect you'd have problems with faster running and hill running as well. Issues you could face would be iliotibial band syndrome
, hip pain and lower back pain.
Have you considered remediation via a heel lift and/or sole lift? There may be something you can do to basically "remove" the shortage.
The best thing you can do is go to a specialist and let him/her work out what the best type of exercise is that you can do and what can be done to solve/remediate your problems.
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