Why you should Try Custom Orthotics
I love my Asics. Really, I do. Since discovering this shoe I’ve had fewer injuries and hardly a blister. I have some recurring annoyances, but I figure that’s normal for any runner. So when my chiropractor husband suggested I get custom orthotics for my running shoes, I about laughed him out of the room.
Orthotics, I told him, would slow me down. They would undoubtedly add unnecessary weight and feel bulky in my shoes. Orthotics, he told me, would be good for my overall well-being. They would undoubtedly support my body in ways that no shoe could. A custom orthotic is designed to align the foot and ankle into the most anatomically efficient position. So I conceded and went in for my foot scan, and about six weeks ago my Foot Levelers InMotion orthotics arrived in the mail.
The first time I wore the orthotics was interesting. Initially, they did feel a bit bulky. I felt like the arches of my feet were being pushed up further than ever. As someone who appreciates all things symmetrical, I was driven crazy by my left foot feeling different from my right, which actually made sense — each foot has its own “needs.”
To my surprise, I didn’t notice a huge difference in weight (Foot Levelers offers several options, and this line is designed for active people). Nevertheless, my skepticism remained. Having been warned that custom orthotics can take some getting used to, I opted for a short 3-miler my first time around. The result? I…was…so…sore, especially in my calves and lower back. From a 3-mile run! My body definitely felt the difference when I wore those things.
Are they Helping?
Over the past several weeks I’ve continued to run with these inserts. As I’ve worked my way out of the “break-in” period, the soreness has subsided, and I’ve noticed my body is even more agreeable during my runs. I’ve had fewer “normal” aches and pains, and the bulkiness I initially felt is now a non-issue. Go figure.
I guess it makes sense. If you take a peak at the Foot Levelers website, they talk about how we wouldn’t wear eyeglasses not prescribed for us. Similarly, custom orthotics can only provide better support than even the most supportive running shoe (And apparently we have 3 arches in our feet? Not just one? Huh.). I might have just bought into the idea that these things could make a difference. I’m excited to continue using them to see if I notice any long-term changes. So far I’m diggin’ these things. (Don’t tell my husband.)