Running has exploded in popularity around the country. In just the last 10 years, for example, the number of marathon finishers per year has roughly doubled, and the number of half-marathon finishers tripled. Recreational runners are a common sight in many neighborhoods, and if you want to join an “official” event there are plenty to choose from, with multiple events every weekend just in Nevada alone.
Of course, with the explosion of running popularity, we’ve also seen an increase in running-related injuries, from general foot soreness to plantar fasciitis, shin splints, stress fractures, and others. In many cases these injuries can be linked to overpronation, a common biomechanical issue where feet roll too far outward during your stride. Although there are a number of potential remedies to prevent overpronation pain, sometimes orthotics are your best bet (especially in more severe cases).
Cheap, over-the-counter foot inserts are made for many of the most common foot shapes; it may be worth checking these out first to see if they provide any benefit. However, for the best results—and especially for overpronators—custom orthotics are specially made to fit your individual needs. These devices are custom-tailored using a 3D mold of your precise foot shape, to accommodate and correct your unique biomechanical issues. In many cases, a soft, flexible full orthotic that supports your arch and keeps your pronation in check greatly reduces pain and injury rates in those who overpronate.
If you’re dealing with unexplained or recurring foot pain, whether you’re a runner or not, call Victoria L. Melhuish, DPM at Sierra Foot & Ankle. Whether you need orthotics, therapy, surgery, or just a good recommendation for a new pair of shoes, we’re here to provide the best foot and ankle care in the Carson Valley. Give us a call at (775) 783-8037 schedule an appointment today.