Shoe Selection with Alistair our Resident Doctor
Hey everyone – I’m Alistair, a resident doctor at the Sunshine Coast Uni Hospital (for work) and a runner/triathlete in my spare time.
The team at the running company, and specifically Brad, have been looking after my feet since I started running seriously back at uni. I remember the first shoe Brad put me in – a Brooks Ravenna. I’d never had a proper fit before and these things felt like they were made for my foot. I ran those shoes into the ground before going back for a second pair, and also picking up a pair of Asics DS Trainers for my quicker runs. As Brad will tell you, one of the best ways to prevent injury is to run in different shoes, creating different and alternating stresses on the muscles in the feet and lower legs.
This is something that I’ve found to be really important over the years working long hours on my feet in the hospital as well as continuing to run competitively and for pleasure as much as possible.
A few years back I remember walking past a sports store and impulse buying some new Nike’s - they were on sale and black. I figured I could use them for work and as an alternative running shoe - as a broke uni student this seemed like a good idea at the time… After a few weeks wearing these things I ended up with the most horrible fibularis longus tendonitis and had to take weeks off running to let it settle! When I mentioned it to Brad he said, “Mate… I would never have put you in that shoe…”
On top of running, working in the hospital means that doctors and allied health professionals are on their feet for most of the day. Although I haven’t done it myself, colleagues who have worn a Garmin on long/busy shifts have easily racked up 15k or more over the course of the day. A day in the operating theatre can mean standing for hours on end without a break.
Adding these stresses on top of activity outside of work can easily mean stress-related injuries if we’re not supporting our feet properly.
I’ve recently been wearing an Asics Trail shoe Brad recommended and the New Balance 1080’s for long shifts on the ward or when I’ll be in and out of theatre. Having traditionally worn RM’s or leather dress shoes to work, I’ve noticed a huge difference in how comfortable I am by the end of the day. As an added advantage the inherent design of the trail shoes means they can easily withstand any of the many bodily/synthetic fluids we’re likely to encounter while looking after patients on the wards or in the operating theatres.
I’d recommend anyone who can identify with the ideas above pop in to have a chat with Brad and the team at the Running Company – your feet will thank you for it.