Lopsided?

I recently bought new running shoes. Proper running ones, unlike my ancient all-purpose sneakers. I went to a store that specializes in running and had my gait analyzed. I was recommended the medium-support shoes because of some pronation. (and somehow Murphy's law also states that the best fitting shoes for my narrow feet were the most expensive in the store!).

I've run with them about six times now. My right side feels like a dream - it's like Cinderella's slipper. Unfortunately something seems wrong with the left, and I'm finding I'm getting some knee and hip pain on the left side when I run.

Is it possible to only pronate on one side/have more severe pronation on one side? Or should I give these shoes some more runs without sweating it - maybe they're not broken in enough?

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  • Why not go back to the shop and tell them? From what I've heard, the most reputable ones will take them back. I would imagine that any place would at least analyse you running in these and be able to advise better than we can.

  • I'm lop-sided and found out through a podiatrist consultation one leg is longer than the other (I'd known for years from wider legged trousers). I've now got an orthodontic insole to even me up and if I don't have it in I get pain in the shorter leg. I'd go back to the speciast shop and explain. You can buy insoles and they could be all you need :-)

  • Yes, go back to the shop, I don't think running shoes need "breaking in" Maybe there's a fault with that particular shoe..

  • Definitely go back to the shop and explain the problem. If they're any good they should sort it out for you. Sounds like you need a neutral shoe with a support insole in your pronating foot. Good luck

  • Yes, you can pronate more on one side than another. I needed ones with mild support and when the guy showed me the gait video he pointed out he'd fixed my left leg but my right still had a little pronation. He said it was best to leave it as is and not throw the left one too far out to fix the right. Personally I've not had any problems with my shoes but they do need breaking in slowly. I'd go back and see what they say but you may still be getting used to them.

  • This might sound daft but do you run on a route/path with a camber? If I run on a surface with a slope across it one leg always suffers - as opposed to running up a slope when both legs suffer. Just a thought, ignore me, I'll get my coat.....

  • Join the club...we have hills galore round here, but running on them can be a bit disconcerting when the camber pushes you to one side.

  • Go back to the shop. Stop running.

  • Just because a shoe has been attentively fitted doesn't mean it will be right in practice. The first pair of trail shoes I got were fine in the shop. In practice they were terrible - my knees knocked together, I couldn't feel the ground. Bought them at Sweatshop where you can take them back covered in mud and exchanged them for the perfect shoe.

  • We have pavements with cambers Rosebery. They drive me nuts. You can't even walk on them without pain!

    I hope you will go back to the store and sort your problem out RWD. You have to give the shop the opportunity to help you

    Good luck

  • Definitely don't suffer in silence. Take them back and see if they can help.

  • If the pain is new since shoes, stop running in them immediately and go back to the shop asap. Just a couple of mm out on one side or the other can make a huge difference and you don't want to risk injury. Go explain, as others have said, and give the shop an opportunity to resolve this. Both feet deserve to be happy in Cinderella slippers :)

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