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Orthotics in Running Shoes

Importance of Orthotics in Running Shoes

JUN 16 2008

Orthotics give greater stability in one’s running shoes as well as running style. With good quality and appropriately placed orthotics, runners can avoid unwanted pains and shield themselves from a lot of injuries.

Orthotics adds more comfort and support to one’s feet. This is greatly useful for occasional runners and even professional racers or marathoners.

With continuing advancements in technology, orthotics now can be made lightweight. As each second and each effort is important for the competing runner or marathoner, athletes won’t need to worry about being slowed down or weighed down with the use of these orthotics.

While neutral runners and supinators may have less need for stability in running, overpronators will benefit much from using running shoes with orthotics. Orthotics are proven to help correct overpronation. These help limit and correct your feet from ‘rolling in.

Overpronation can cause major damage if not treated. In this unstable walking and running condition, you are putting undue stress from your ankles all the way to your hips so consider using them most especially if you are a heavy runner, a regular runner, and a competing runner. Avoid muscle and join pains, strains, and injuries by purchasing running shoes with orthotics.

For orthotics, you may choose to go to specialists who will custom fit orthotics for you. They will get your measurements and do the cutting and fitting. Orthotics is easily available on the market as well and quality is also excellent. You can buy them in various sports shops and you can even buy them online.

When looking for and choosing running shoes, make sure the orthotics provide the right kind and amount of stability. Remember, more pads don’t mean better quality. Orthotics must be rightly designed, cut, and placed in running shoes. Your natural walk should never be compromised. First try the item out to see if your feet would get a good feel of it.

Check your heels for snug fitting. This is quite an important feature as it keeps your heel securely in place, preventing unneeded movement. Foot arches must also have snug fitting. This gives more stability and support. Midsoles should have good contour. As they are usually not flat, you have to make sure that they are rightly cut. Else, flexibility will be lessened.

With regards to media post support, check the shoes for quality cushioning. Cushions shouldn’t be too soft and shouldn’t be too hard. Good quality media post support helps control one’s feet from overpronation. Cushioning must be just right. If it is overly soft, no support is provided. If it is overly hard, no comfort is provided.

If you are a novice, you should go to a specialty store. They know much about running shoes and can give good advice to runners. Many of them employ actual runners and can really relate to a runner’s shoe wear needs and requirements. Purchase your shoes from them most especially if you plan to make running a regular habit and if you plan to compete.

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