A running chance

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POSTED: Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 6:00pm

UPDATED: Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 6:09pm

Custom shoe inserts are changing the playing field for athletes once plagued by injuries. Britney Glaser reports.

(KPLC) 17-year-old Kaitlyn Tunks is a senior track star at St. Louis High School in Lake Charles, who lives to run. "Just the fact that I like to get out there and run," she said, "there's nothing else like it and my team is like my family."

Running has landed Kaitlyn a track scholarship to Northwestern State University, a prize she must stay in tip-top shape to claim, but something that pain was threatening. "It felt like so much pressure on your shins and it hurts like a shooting pain down my shin," she said, "and in my arches it just feels like my muscles are tightening up."

Center for Orthopaedics Foot and Ankle Specialist Tyson Green says shoe designers typically focus on the outside, not the inside. The result: devastating injuries for athletes in their prime. "Everything from shin splits, plantar fascititis, ankle rotation, Achilles tendon injuries," said Dr. Green, "there's all kinds of things that could happen."

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