Well Im about to visit a podiatrist to see if there is anything he/she can do to help me with my left foot plantar fascia tendonits and achilles tendonitis, and general poor ankle mobility.
I assume they will examine my walk etc, and they may suggest orthotics.
Who here wears orthotics? Was it worth the expense? Or is it just a scam?
I wear orthotics because my feet have shocking amounts of pronation. Over time this led to extreme knee pain. I got to 30 and couldn’t run more than a few metres. A properly fitted pair of custom orthotics later and I could run again. Squat and Deadlift technique improced tremendously as well.
In short, it was the best $200 I ever spent!
The key though is on the properly fitted part. If they are right then you won’t know you’ve got them on. If they are lumpy or just feel wrong don’t persevere with them for more than a day…take them back and get them retuned.
You may also have to finance getting new ones as the old compress. I get a lot of wear out of mine and haven’t felt like I needed a replacement or any adjustment for years now.
One other issue though is shoe selection. You’ll need shoes with a rotational stiffness about them. Also the sole has to be firm so that the orthotic doesn’t roll beneath you. So they are great in hardsoled weight lifting shoes, but sneakers are another matter.
Also you may find you just can’t physically put them into a foraml shoe ie Office wear. Thats more of a problem for the ladies though.