Pain along the shin and/or knee that occurs during descents
The body rebels, calls for help. It is a mechanical problem that our skeleton and muscular chain cannot compensate. These pathologies lead to a more or less long stop of the sport practice, with generally physiotherapy sessions. Some recommendations to prevent any risks during your mountain hikes
Pain along the tibia
When hiking, the main risk factor for tibial periostitis is walking downhill. When walking downhill, the muscles are forced to absorb the energy imposed on them when they hit the ground. It is this heavy and repeated impact that can lead to the development of tibial periostitis. Several factors must be taken into account: our height, weight, physical condition, the profile of the course, the surface of the ground, especially during descents
The shoes: They must have a good profile that will ensure safe contact and grip when we put our foot down. The
midsole (between the rubber and the bottom of the foot) must be able to provide cushioning when the heel touches the ground (heel
support), but stiff enough to ensure stability in torsion over the entire length of the shoe: the foot can remain flat without turning inwards.
The foot must be well maintained by the envelope of the shoe without attacking it. This envelopment allows the foot to be better maintained and accompanied in the different phases of support of the foot. Many people still suffer from this problem with shoes such as sneakers or running shoes. Their midsole does not provide this stability.
If you use mountain boots with a rigid sole in order to be able to use semi-automatic or automatic crampons, the sole of the boot is much too stiff and may trigger pain in the shins.
The use of walking sticks during the descent is essential: we pass from biped to quadruped: 4 points of support on the ground instead of 2 = a better distribution of the supports and distribution of the load between the feet and the sticks.
Another important point is your anatomical structure in the plantar musculature.
In many cases, the foot needs to have a custom-made support in order to create an internal arch of unwinding. The function of this sole is to stabilize the foot, allowing our bone chain of the foot and ankle to remain in a natural position when walking.
Knee pain Just like shin pain, the knee usually suffers from mechanical weakness. The same advice is recommended for both shoes and poles. Nevertheless, a complete body- foot balance and static assessment , a custom-made foot support compensating to your problem.
Total Feet will be able to create a thermoformed sole for your hiking boots, entirely made to measure. After a morphological and dynamic assessment and the addition of corrective elements if necessary, the thermoformed insole will replace the original insole of your shoes.