Every runner should see a Podiatrist
We caught up with Hayley Carruthers ahead of her Olympic Marathon Trials and talked about her recent experience of seeing a Podiatrist.
Read on to find out about what happened and how every runner could benefit from seeing a Podiatrist.
Gait analysis… foot function… footwear and more…
Hayley recently attended Supafoot, Birmingham as part of her preparation and training for the Olympic Marathon trials in March 2021 where she hopes to secure a place on team GB.
She kindly allowed us to ask her a few questions for the PodiPedia blog about running and podiatry in the hopes that her experience will help and guide other runners to stay on track.
Thanks for agreeing to this Hayley. We know a fair bit about you, but could you please give a little summary of your running career so far?
“I started running in 2016 and just ran because a friend encouraged me to. I never ran as a junior and I only really played team sports. I have gone to the gym and done regular HIIT workouts/weights for a few years but never committed to running.
I progressed quite quickly and just really enjoyed it. I ran my first marathon in 2017 in 3:22 then 2018 I ran 2:36 (England Debut) and 2019 I ran 2:32.
I was hoping to go a lot quicker in 2020 but due to lack of racing and an injury, there were only a few opportunities. Additionally, I missed out on racing the world half marathon as my GB debut in 2020 due to this injury.
I am so excited for 2021 because I can’t wait to put all this training to the test at the Olympic marathon trials and stay happy and healthy.”
You recently attended Supafoot Birmingham for an assessment, you have had a couple of ankle and foot injuries as you mention above, but why did you decide to see a Podiatrist?
“As I had never had a full assessment and gait analysis performed, I thought it would be really interesting to see if there were any imbalances in my foot strike and general running style (that could have been contributing to the injuries).
It was a good time to do it when I was just about to start a new marathon block.”
What was your experience of the appointment and the assessments and tests performed by the Podiatrist? Did it meet your expectations?
“I was hugely surprised by the detailed information I received and how well it was explained.
The tests were really simple for me to do and I was able to understand why they were done.
It took about an hour to complete all the tests, but this included the explanation of initial findings too.”
Hayley’s appointment included a detailed history, weight bearing and non weight bearing assessments and tests, gait analysis and a digital foot scan.
Based on your experience, do you think all runners should see a Podiatrist for an assessment just to get their feet assessed and gait analysed?
“Absolutely. It’s strange that I had never considered it before this because they are probably the most important part that needs to be working correctly in order to run well.”
You were prescribed some Phits 3d printed foot orthoses. I know you haven’t had these long, but what are your first impressions of them?
They felt like I was walking correctly for the first time. I have quite high arches in my feet so generally shoes don’t fit very well, but now they definitely do.
What to do next?
Hayley was prescribed foot orthoses (insoles) due to previous injuries but also based on the assessments performed in clinic. Not every runner needs foot orthoses, and Podiatrists offer a lot more than just orthoses for helping runners.
We can advise on footwear changes, modifications or adaptations such as re-lacing. We can prescribe strengthening, stretching and other exercise therapy options, and some podiatrists will discuss running form and technique with you too.
If you have an injury, we can also advise on a range of diagnostic and imaging tools such as MRIs or X-rays and can offer a huge range of therapies and treatments to help.
If you are suffering with foot, ankle or related lower limb issues, or are concerned about your feet, or the way you run or walk, have a look through the information pages on PodiPedia and why not find a Podiatrist near you and contact them to discuss what they offer?
Hayley did this, and she is now all set to continue her preparation for the Olympic Trials.
We wish Hayley the best of luck and hope to see her competing at Tokyo 2021. Why not give her a follow on her social channels and keep an eye on her achievements, she is an amazingly bubbly and energetic person and every time I see her pop up on social media, it makes me want to go out for a run…
Keep on your feet
The PodiPedia Team