I went to Zoomba last night, and about 40 minutes in I could feel my shin again. It didn't hurt, but it felt like a proto-hurt, maybe a pre-hurt, and so I stopped immediately and went home and iced it.
It's been almost a month since I went to the doctor for this. I feel like it should be better. I feel like it was better, but I injured myself as soon as I started dancing (or Zoomba-ing) again.
I think it's an arch support problem. I know that I have an arch problem; there was a while when my feet hurt so much I could barely walk, and getting arch supports fixed it. I knew that lack of arch support can be a factor in shin splints, but I discarded the idea because if I had an arch problem, I'd know, right? My feet feel fine. It can't be arches. Except I think it is.
I know that some heels, and I would hope most ballroom heels, have arch support. But I don't know how to tell if mine do. I don't really know what shoes are supposed to feel like, I just know that the wrong ones will hurt eventually but it's not a direct "put on shoe = pain" kind of equation.
Last week I was in my new gold heels and my leg was fine. Last night I was in cheap sneakers and my leg started to hurt. If I fix the arch problem, can I dance again?
I have insoles in my Chucks, but not in either of the two pairs of cheap sneakers that I DIY'ed into dance shoes. (Glue fabric, like felt or flannel, to the soles of the shoe and presto! Dance shoe.) If I add support to them, will that make a difference?
What if I go to a running store and tell them to find me sneakers that are flexible and REALLY good for my arches, and then turn THOSE into dance shoes?
Is this something I can or should see a doctor about? Like a sports medicine kind of thing? Am I overreacting? Under-reacting?
There is a ballroom dance this Friday, and a swing dance the next day. I am out of shape and getting worse and the longer I go without, the harder it is to dance and I miss it so damn much.
I googled "ballroom shoe arch support," and found this store. This particular shoe is probably not any different from what I'm wearing, but it's pretty enough to keep a link handy.
|Step One Dance Shoes|
I really won't be buying new shoes anytime soon. Including the DIY'ed sneakers, I have FIVE pairs of dance shoes. I might add another pair this week. I only have TWO pairs of regular shoes. But there will be a time again when I feel acceptable splurging on pretty and frivolous things. And that shoe right there? LOVE it.