Anyone indulge me in orthotics chat? So 2 years ago (after 4 marathons) I was diagnosed with hypermobility in my ankles - after debilitating ankle pain and weakness. Every podiatrist I saw (3) agreed and said I needed orthotics to run. Recently I've had debilitating calf pain (last few months) and a friend suggested running without orthotics as they raise the ankle too high. Tried it today = no calf pain. 'm going back to the podiatrist next week, but I've read a lot about the ills of orthotics recently and how once the problem is fixed you should stop using them before they cause other problems. My structural problem will never be fixed - hypermobility will never go away. I'm not sure what to do now. I don't want my ankle pain to return, but I do want to run. It's been so long since I've had a decent run. Does anyone have any suggestions/advice? Thanks!