Just as all runners don't have foot pain, all runners do NOT need to wear orthotics. An orthotic is a custom insole used to manage biomechanical inefficiencies of the foot and ankle. The goal of an orthotic is to provide a stable base of support and provide efficiency to the lower extremity.
Many causes of foot pain in runners has to do with issues related to unstable mechanics. These include heel pain, such as plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, posterior tibial tendinitis, shin splints, and iliotibial band (ITB) syndrome. All of these issues will require a custom orthotic to balance the mechanics of the lower extremity in order to prevent the problem from returning in the future.
When we evaluate a Houston runner for custom orthotics, we perform a comprehensive lower extremity biomechanical examination, including a digital gait analysis. Learning about your gait enables us to construct an orthotic that is optimized for your needs.
A properly made foot orthotic will enable you to increase your speed and distance by providing efficiency to your lower extremity. Contact our Houston podiatry office for an appointment to see if an orthotic is right for you.