Lynn Kanuka Blogs on Orthotics & Technical Shoes
Just a quick comment gang -
Various foot support inserts and orthotics can be a wonderful saviour for those of us with various feet or body ailments - I myself have fallen arches and a leg length difference, so have worn orthotics for over 25 years. My comment here is that at one time I ended up injured as a result of wearing my orthotics in a pair of shoes that were designed to do exactly what my orthotics were doing: supporting fallen arches... What happened is that I was over-corrected and wound up with a knee problem which only righted itself after I purchased a more neutral pair of shoes. (It did take several weeks to get better, but I'd thought my new orthotics were the problem - not the model of shoes I'd always worn!)
Most shoes do lose their shock absorption after 500 miles of running, OR after about 8 months if you are running regularly 3 times per week, OR if you are wearing your shoes walking every day for everything you do. It's worth it to be well-supported. So when you do head into a RunWalk store to buy yourself a new pair of shoes, do bring in those orthotics as well as your old pair of shoes, and make sure your RunWalk store technician is aware of the correction!