Can I Use Orthotics To Improve My Running Form?
An orthotic is a special molded apparatus, worn inside a shoe, and designed to relieve pain or dysfunction in the feet or ankles. They can relieve pain by changing the angle or function of the foot or ankle. Many medical conditions can cause problems in the feet and ankles which are made worse by standing for long periods, walking, and running. Orthotics can correct some malfunctions--skeletal or muscular--to improve how your feet and ankles work.
Benefits of Orthotics to a Runner
Reduces tissue loading: The tissues in the feet are under a lot of stress and pressure when you stand. Orthotics change how this stress and pressure is borne by the feet.
Biomechanics of the foot: Genetics may be responsible for some skeletal or muscular abnormalities. Orthotics can improve some biomechanical parameters.
Reduces fatigue: Often when pain is relieved or function is improved, one feels less fatigue when standing or running. This enables the athlete to run faster, longer, and/or with a better form.
Comfort: Because orthotics can alter pressure in the feet, running can feel more pleasant and enjoyable. Orthotics may, among other things, change weight distribution in the lower limb.
Injury prevention: For those with a tendency to under- or over-pronate, there is an increased risk of injury. Orthotics can change your natural pronation to reduce that risk.
So, yes, orthotics can help runners in a variety of ways. We are experts on orthotics and welcome inquiries about them!
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