I started running in my mid thirties, had been running for several years and was increasing frequency, mileage and multiplying races. But my knee hurt. The pain wouldn’t go away and it was limiting something I loved.

While complaining one day to my brother in law, he asked me….

Have you thought about orthodics ?

In all honesty, I wasn’t even sure what they were. I was thinking thick, plastic, ugly, stiff, brown insoles that you put in your shoe and have to wear all the time. How could I wear something like that in dress shoes ? Much less run in something like that ?

But he assured me, you could get orthodics to wear only when you run. I was skeptical. Seriously ? They can have that big of an impact ? So after dragging my feet a bit (no pun intended), I got a recommendation from my primary care doctor for a podiatrist. I made an appointment. My running life has never been the same since.

Firstly, he did a full exam. Running barefoot on the treadmill. Looking at my feet on a mirror. Clinical exam. Made prints. Etc.

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Then made me a pair of orthodics.


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I would run with them, and he would adjust them if needed. Shin a bit tight ?  Some knee niggles ? He adjusted until all was 99,9% perfect. They do use over time, so I have just had my third pair made, in about 5 years.


You can see they are not the same height, as the thickness and kind of material compensates for a slight difference in leg length :

They are also not identical, as one is adjusted for the shin pain I have (for example).


I will be fore ever grateful to my running BIL who asked… “Have you thought about orthodics ?”


I am linking up with Marcia at Marcia’s Healthy Slice, Erika at MCM Mama runs and Patty at My no guilt life for Tuesdays on the run where today’s topic is best running advice.



Have you ever thought about orthodics ?

What is the best running advice you have ever received ?

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Comments: 8

  1. Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy September 21, 2016 at 10:29 pm Reply

    I’ve heard mixed things about orthotics, but, no, I haven’t used them. I do keep thinking maybe I ought to see a podiatrist, but for now, everything seems ok.
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  2. lacey@fairytalesandfitness September 21, 2016 at 11:03 pm Reply

    I have never used orthodics. Luckily I have no foot problems. I know a few people that use them during their runs and they say it makes a huge difference.
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  3. HoHo Runs September 21, 2016 at 11:08 pm Reply

    After visiting my podiatrist (many times over the past few years) they have never been recommended. I would definitely try them if I need be! Anything that would help.

  4. Runaway Bridal Planner September 22, 2016 at 12:17 am Reply

    Years back I needed an orthodic to help my tendon’s that I damaged heal, they were great because like yours above they were fit for my shoes. I had ones I could wear with sports shoes and others with any dress shoe. They really did help a lot.
    I don’t use them anymore, but ya if a person is having problems sometimes orthodics are an amazing tool to either help correct form or balance out the body to make things not hurt! Great advice from your friend!
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  5. Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner September 22, 2016 at 2:13 am Reply

    That’s great they worked so well for you! I used them for a while but then forget why I stopped.
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  6. Marcia September 22, 2016 at 3:19 am Reply

    This is wonderful Karen! I’m so glad you found something that works so well for you. I’ve never considered orthotics, but I certainly would if I had pain. Thanks for linking up!
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  7. Karen September 26, 2016 at 8:52 pm Reply

    For me it the only reason I can run at all. When I go without my orthotic for long I am limping…I have no cushion in the ball of my foot anymore. I just got a new pair and they are streamlined a bit, but still built up in certain places. I think they take a lot of getting used to and they change how you plant your foot, I have met many folks that tried that a few days and wouldn’t wear them anymore. I think they could solve calf issues and other problems in the kinetic chain for people. My last podiatrist didn’t even recommend them, he just told me not to run – thank goodness I went looking for another Doc!
    Doctors are limited sometimes by their own opinions and I am glad I have a Doc now that is trying to keep me running.

    • Karen - Fit in France September 26, 2016 at 9:18 pm Reply

      Glad you have found a solution. I think it does depend on the doctor…..

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