Injury Free Running. Orthotics Can Help.
You train hard. You’ve invested in high quality running shoes.
Now, with your muscles engaged, energy is transferred down your lower limbs to your feet. Step after step, your feet engage with the ground propelling you forward.
How well your feet perform (or fail to perform) depends on many factors, known as foot function. The biomechanics of your running gait are unique because repetitive high impact magnifies effects of mechanical insufficiencies throughout your load-bearing structure. Injury, age, and common foot conditions can weaken foot function and cause pain and injury, affecting your power, your endurance, and your love of running.
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Running orthotics help deflect concentrations of load more evenly and manage the stress of prolonged, sustained high impact, making running more pleasurable and safe.
Boston Pedorthic’s contribution is to precisely optimize the interface between your foot, the orthotics, your running shoe and the ground (or track). Our goal is for you to contact the ground with stability, minimize pain, prevent injury, and maximize energy transfer for best performance.
It is understood that you can get your running orthotics from nearly anyone, anywhere. Runners and other clients of Boston Pedorthic report truly enhanced results due to the skill and advanced technology available in a setting dedicated to treating your individual requirements.
The various categories of running activities require slightly different Pedorthic focus for assessment and decision making. In all cases, a therapeutic goal is to support the full weight bearing surface of the foot and to mate the precision running orthotics with an appropriate technical shoe.
The following table shows the major performance goals for various running sports:
|What kind of runner are you?|| What is your performance goal?|
|Jogging for fitness||Weight management|
|10K||Speed and stamina|
|Half marathon||Stamina and endurance|
|Marathon||Stamina and endurance|
|Ultra distance running||Endurance (survival!)|
|Trail running or mountain running||Balance, endurance, and shock absorption|
|Track and Field||What is your performance goal?|
|Hurdle||Speed and agility|
|Pole vault||Ballistic movement|
|Long jump||Speed and ballistic movement|
|Steeplechase||Speed, shock absorption, endurance|
Isn’t a good shoe sufficient for pain-free running? That depends upon your foot function. When buying a running shoe, you need to consider the biomechanics of your foot, the shoe last (shape), construction and fit. At a minimum, your running shoes should:
- be designed for running
- be selected for your foot type
- fit well in length and width
- have sufficient arch support
- have sufficient structure for your foot
- have appropriate medial and lateral support
- provide cushion for shock at high impact
- flex at your “ball joint,” which are your metatarsal phalengeal joints at the toes 1 through 5.
- progressively distribute ground forces throughout the entire gait cycle
- not be worn after material compression and deformation
Mass-produced shoes cannot address everyone’s detailed needs. To address the high-impact nature of running, custom running orthotics provide full contact and accommodation that non-custom footwear cannot hope to achieve. Not all custom foot orthotics are created equal. A truly great orthotic can go much further to support your individual foot over a lifetime of active living.
Striking a balance between structural support vs. weight
Conventional wisdom holds that a lightweight shoe is an important attribute for endurance running. Certainly, less weight buys less resistance which translates to more stamina in competition. However, when the foot is compensating to function properly, energy resources are being drained more quickly than under optimal circumstances.
Because it has more mass, a custom foot orthotic will weigh slightly more than the stock inlay it replaces. Is it worth it? The decision to run with orthotics should be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. After a thorough exam with Boston Pedorthic, the athlete, armed with knowledge of their own foot function, can then intelligently make wearing decisions. Learning ones own foot function is a core benefit of an evaluation with Boston Pedorthic. The Pedorthic viewpoint is an individualized approach which addresses each runner’s condition on its own merits and offering strategies to achieve precise results.
Our running clients rely on their orthotics as part of their general arsenal for their high-performance equipment. They would not train or compete without them.
The number-one goal of many runners, new to Boston Pedorthic, is to run pain-free. Foot pain, ankle pain, plantar fasciitis, shin splints, limb pain, hip and back pain, reoccurring sprains and joint related pain all threaten to reduce running stamina and take the joy out of running. When the many conditioning techniques available for pain-free running do not go far enough, optimizing from the ground up can complement sound body training and core strengthening.
Boston Pedorthic restores comfortable running through a highly individualized approach. A Pedorthic assessment, combined with in-house, precision technology for producing detailed custom foot orthotics for running, yields the best results for a more powerful run and the best structural support for your feet.
If you are experiencing painful symptoms, we recommend that you are diagnosed by a qualified clinician. Boston Pedorthic can assess your foot structure and provide healthy support for sustained high impact on the entire load bearing structure of the body.
Pedorthic Assessment: Running
It starts with an in-depth Pedorthic assessment of your foot condition relative to your footwear and performance requirements. Beginning with a recounting of your history and symptoms, the pedorthist will examine your feet and gait then seek to determine the contribution your footwear can make toward your goals.
Why pedorthics? More prevalent in Europe than the US, a pedorthist is an allied health professional focused on footwear as it performs to meet your individual foot condition. Pedorthists are skilled in evaluating shoes, detailing custom shoes, manufacturing custom foot orthotics, and providing orthopedic modifications to shoes.
As a runner, you can expect to find the pedorthic assessment highly informative and valuable. Currently, there is no charge to see a Board-Certified Pedorthist by appointment at Boston Pedorthic for an initial evaluation.
Custom foot orthotics are a specialty of Boston Pedorthic. We use a combination of technologies and possess the skills that you can rely on. From our high definition 3-D imaging to computer-aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM), Boston Pedorthic can provide you with improved stamina, stability, pain-and-pressure-relief, comfort, power and performance from your custom running orthotics.
Learn more about Boston Pedorthic's Advanced Custom Foot Orthotics.
Expect more from your Running Orthotic
If you’ve worn custom foot orthotics before, you can expect more value from Boston Pedorthic. Your custom running orthotics should feel great. When your foot impacts with the ground or track, you can expect much more contact and power. And that will make you a better athlete.
Running orthotics require detail to be successful. This includes the capability to respond to your feedback and experience that becomes apparent to you only after you’ve worn and used the orthotics for a while. Detailed fit and satisfaction is achieved by making subtle changes to modify regions of elevation, pitch, relief, and material.
Follow up capabilities by Boston Pedorthic for further assessment of your feedback and experience, combined with expert and quick modifications, deliver detailed orthotics that perform optimally.
Control over all aspects of production, from design and manufacture, to materials selection for fabrication, are all important criteria for best practices at Boston Pedorthic. Custom running orthotics need to be adjusted and tailored to meet your specific needs for performance and comfortable toleration. Experience and expertise assure that your needs for adjustment and modifications are responded to quickly and effectively.
It is important to note that all work is performed by Boston Pedorthic staff on machinery owned and operated by Boston Pedorthic. The benefit to you is that Boston Pedorthic has the ability to build not just any running orthotic, but your orthotic, for your running requirements, addressing the particular forces that can cause problems in your feet and limbs. Precisely and responsibly.
Run Stronger. Run Better.
The result is superior support of healthy joint alignment, superior capabilities to offload painful pressures, thorough coverage of the weight-bearing surface of the individual feet, and full integration of shoes and foot orthotics.
You’ll run stronger, with more endurance when you wear your custom foot orthotics by Boston Pedorthic. For years to come, you’ll experience more power, more comfort, and protection that helps maintain the structural integrity of your foot function.
Each person is different, with specific, individual requirements for best results. Indeed, each foot is different, the left, the right, and what happens between them. A highly customized and detailed approach is Boston Pedorthic's signature to custom foot orthotics.
Let us know how we can put pedorthics to work for you and start reversing plantar fasciitis today.
Boston Pedorthic is conveniently located on Commonwealth Avenue, just north of Cleveland Circle in Brighton, Massachusetts.
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