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.
Then made me a pair of orthodics.
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 ?”
Have you ever thought about orthodics ?
What is the best running advice you have ever received ?