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JohnnyO
I have never worn spikes, but as I understand it, the idea is to run on your forefoot. A medial post at the heel/arch would be ineffective if it never hit the ground?

I used to suffer from ITB, to the point where I was unable to walk at times. The cure (for me at least) was in stretching the ligaments/tendons and strengthening the abductors (mostly glutes).

I was already wearing supportive shoes, so maybe they were never going to help me.
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10:05pm, 27 Apr 2014
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Craig_
Have you looked at long distance running spikes - much more like a lightweight trainer with spikes rather than the hard-moulded sprint spikes. They tend to have a positive heel-toe drop where as sprint spikes tend to be negative and they offer a lot more design/support options.

An alternative idea may be to use support tape directly on the leg rather then the shoe - but I'm no expert. :)
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idle_wilder
A couple of the guys I used to work with used to wear their orthotics in their sprint spikes - I'm sure Superfeet used to do half-length, narrower supportive insoles specifically to use with spikes as well. But as JohnnyO says, the point of wearing spikes tends to be to put you up into an easier forefoot/more efficient speed running stance - if she's running 800m, she may well already run in middle distance spikes (with some cushioning at heel), rather than sprint spikes? Stretching and rollering should hopefully help at the moment
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10:10am, 28 Apr 2014
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SODIron © 2002
interesting...I was at the England Athletics Youth Development Conference recently and one of the discussions was injury prevent and a side chat around running with spikes. The general agreement amongst the coaches and presenters was that spikes should not be worn for all training sessions as they increase the risk of injury. Most coaches now recommend that spikes are only worn when racing or doing some very specific work that requires the extra traction provided by spikes.
Apr 2014
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idle_wilder
I would agree as well - would think it would be most beneficial to only use them for occasional training/faster track sessions, and for races, especially for injury prevention (and comfort!)
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