Weather your training for your first 5k or you’re a seasoned marathoner the demands we place on our feet and knees while running are extreme. Because of these conditions, runners constantly place on their feet they are at a very high risk of chronic injuries such as:
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Stress Fractures
- Morton’s Neuromas
- Shin Splints
- IT Band Syndrome
- Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (Runners Knee)
To minimize your risk of injury and maximize your running efficiency a firm but flexible orthotic that supports your feet and ankles in a biomechanically neutral position is essential. So it is our philosophy that running orthotics need to be as supportive as possible while still allowing your feet to function as they are designed to. Functions such as; absorb shock, act as a lever and provide sensory feedback of the terrain you are on. To maintain these key functions the materials that make up the running orthotics need to be firm and durable to hold up to the constant pounding of running without compressing or breaking do while being cushioned and flexible to help absorb the shock of running on hard surfaces like concrete.
Like all the other orthotics we create the focus is on support and providing a solid foundation to align your skeletal structure so the fundamental process of forming an impression of your foot in its biomechanically neutral position is maintained. Then a heated, soft and flexible, full length material is laid in to the vacuum impression. Once the blank is in place your foot is placed on top of it inside the impression and held once again in the biomechanically neutral position as the material cools to the shape. This piece alone does would not provide much support as it is designed to absorb shock, provide cushion and precisely and evenly distribute pressure on your foot. So then in the same manner a firmer more supportive material is molded. This second piece will then be adhered to the bottom of the first giving it structure and integrity. Because these two pieces are molded to your entire foot we are able to not only stabilize you heal and support you arch but also stabilize and balance your forefoot and in athletic endeavors like running we find this to be an incredibly important feature, because most runners first strike the ground on their mid to forefoot. Because of this our orthotics give runners the greatest advantage over most other orthotics, like the ones you would get at most pedorthic labs, which generally only provide support to the back 2/3 or you foot.