I have just been to get fitted out for orthotics. I had been suffering with constant calf pulls and twinges to my left hip area and on examination it was noticed that my left leg is about 6 mm longer than my right. I usually run in support shoes but when I asked my Podiatrist what shoes I should now use with the orthotics, he said he would use Neutral shoes but there is no hard and fast rule about it. I'm on the heavy side (15 Stone) and run a half marathon in about 1:48. I was wondering if anyone else on the heavy side has any views or experiences with orthotics. Would the extra cushioning in Neutral shoes be beneficial to me, as the support would now come from the orthotic ? Things are never easy !!
Thanks for the advice Burt, I didn't realise they would be so pricey !! I will have a look to see what's on offer before I fork out for some. How long are they expected to last and do they replace the insole that comes with the running shoes ?
Hi there, I have just been to see a sports injury physio about a niggle I have in my left hip and also regular pulled calf muscles. Looking at my gait, he told me that I over pronated and that orthotics would be of great benefit to me. Apparently the over pronation is causing the hip problem in the form of Piri Formis, and is also causing the calf muscles to pull. I am more than willing to try out custom made orthotics as advised, but was wondering if anyone could give me a heads up on how much I would pay for a pair, how long they last and what type of shoes would I need to run in ? At present I run in support shoes, but would I need neutral shoes as the orthotics would be correcting my gait ? Any advice would be great.