Do You Need Custom Orthotics or Something Else When You Run?

Posted by Dr. Jeffrey L. Adler

Dec 26, 2015 3:00:00 PM

woman_running_on_pavementIf you’re a runner you probably know about over-the-counter or custom orthotics. Whether you need them or not, they’ve probably been recommended to you as a solution to help any foot pain you may be experiencing when running. Sometimes orthotics are a good solution, but pain in your feet could come from a variety of common issues, many that can be helped by correcting the root problem. Learn more in the following article excerpt.

Posted by: Abbott Foot & Ankle Clinic

When Orthotics Are Worthwhile for Runners

You know the old saying: “When your only tool is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail.” Some foot specialists may have that attitude about orthotics, thinking they are the solution to every source of foot pain in runners, but the experts know better. We can help determine who needs orthotics and who may just need a good stretching program or better shoes.

Pain in your feet could come from a variety of issues: a fracture, a sprain, overpronation, nerve problems, tight muscles and tendons, or a deterioration in these soft tissues that allows foot bones to move around too much. Each of these underlying causes will require different remedies.

Trained sales people in an athletic shoe store can guide you toward the right type of shoes—motion control for heavy runners or those with low arches, extra cushioning if your arch is high. If you still have pain, the machine you stand on in the department store might indicate which type of shoe insert might help support and cushion your feet, but that won’t address the basic issue. 

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Custom orthotics are only a pain management tool. If you want to address the root problem causing your foot pain when running, you should consider visiting a New York podiatrist at Adler Footcare of Greater New York to find out if you have misaligned feet and if you’re a candidate for HyProCure®.

Approximately 40% of the population isn’t aware it suffers from foot misalignment, caused by the ankle bone slipping off the heel bone and excessively rolling inward. This leads to a variety of foot problems and secondary problems in the body. However, it can be corrected with a procedure called HyProCure®.

The procedure inserts a small titanium stent into the naturally occurring space between the ankle bone and heel bone, stabilizing the ankle and correcting the excessive inward rotation. This correction also helps eliminate a variety of common foot problems causing you pain. The procedure is quick, safe for children and adults, and rarely does the stent ever need to be replaced.

If you’d like to know more about the HyProCure® procedure, download the free eBook below.

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Topics: Custom Orthotics, HyProCure, Running