Are you looking for Orthotics Kingston? If you are a runner who needs Orthotics London below is some great information for you. Custom Foot Orthotics Kingston can be just the thing to ensure you don’t have pain and injuries.
The foot is far more convoluted than most assume it to be. Those two matching conglomerates hidden away beneath your socks are responsible for supporting your body weight while simultaneously receiving signals to manipulate your balance and action. And that is harder than it sounds. Did you know walking can put up to 1.5 times your body weight of pressure on your foot? If you weigh 140 lb, your feet deal with 210 lb of weight on a daily basis…running, as you might have guessed, increases the pressure even more…two fold, in fact. Meaning running, a 140 lb individual’s feet endures around 420 lb of weight.
A responsible runner needs to be aware of such facts…because a responsible runner needs respect their feet. Pain in the feet is ATYPICAL, and WARRANTS CONCERN. Foot pain will inevitably get worse if left untreated. It can eventually aggravate other skeletal components – like the knees, hips, and back.
Orthotic inserts are devices customized to the individual, if said individual can benefit from additional foot support, pronation containment, etc.
But orthotic inserts are not the answer for everyone, or even every runner. Use this article to see whether or not you could benefit from an orthotic shoe insert. (NOTE: Authentic orthotic inserts are those prescribed by a podiatrist. Non-prescriptive inserts have the potential to permanently damage the structural integrity of the wearer’s foot.)
Orthotic Shoe Inserts are prescribed for a three main reasons:
- 1. To Better Position the Foot, Knee, and Hips- The insert can enable consistent correct positioning of the foot throughout the stages of contact associated with running.
- To Provide Support – An ideal orthotic insert enables the body to be balanced not only when the foot is on the ground, but also while in midstride.
- To Prevent/Slow a developing foot deformity
All three of these reason can reduce pain and improve overall biomechanical function.
When wearing orthotic inserts, one’s muscles are relieved of enduring the full potential “wear and tear” running puts on a body. The inserts eliminate the need for a runner’s muscles to compensate for minute defects causing subtle imbalances – in the long run, this equates to stronger endurance and more focalized muscle toning.
To fully understand orthotics’ function for runners, the mechanics of a foot in motion must be established – specifically, the phases of pronation and supination.
When the foot reaches the ground, it is the lateral part of the heel that hits the ground first (the part of the heel adjacent to the smallest toes). At the moment of impact, the heel should roll in. This “rolling in” of the heel is called pronation.
During pronation, the arch of the foot temporarily appears to flatten. Pronation is the process which absorbs the shock inflicted on the foot by the runner’s body (if you recall, this shock is equivalent to approximately three times the runner’s weight). When the arch temporarily flattens, forces are reduced to structures like the ankle, knee, or back. Pronation is the key to avoiding shock related injuries, like stress fractures.
After pronation, supination follows with the motion of the foot “rolling out.” This process stabilizes the foot’s position after shock absorption, enabling the foot to launch efficiently into the next step.
Both pronation and supination are innate and necessary movements intrinsic to all running. Problems arise only when these processes become over (or under) done; something which can occur for a great variety of reasons.
For example, over/under pronating can be caused by congenital abnormalities in the foot’s skeletal structure. Most subtleties behind an individual’s foot structure are prewritten into their DNA and thus are often hereditary. For a serious runner, going to a podiatrist would be a responsible decision upon discovering a relative with a pronated foot.
Similarly, abnormalities in an individual’s biomechanical structures can also cause over-pronation. Like a foot’s skeletal structure, other parts of the body can have predetermined attributes which limit the motion involved in walking/running. Often, other joints or body parts need to compensate for the abnormality – and it is this compensation which may result in over-pronating.
Perhaps the most deceptive harm runners cause to their feet is through picking an incorrect running shoe. Running shoes shaped in a curved fashion are made to increase one’s pronation. Running shoes shaped in a straighter fashion have material on the inner side of the shoe (adjacent to the larger toes) to counteract pronation. These straight shoes (often referred to as “motion control” shoes) do not stop pronation entirely – rather, the design aims at keeping pronation within a healthy limit. Runners should consider whether or not their foot tends to over-pronate/under-supinate, in which case the motion control shoes might be preferred; or under-pronate/over-supinate, in which case curved running shoes may be preferred. If you use the wrong type of shoe for your skeletal/biomechanical structure, the damage eventually caused to your foot may warrant a temporary or permanent orthotic prescription.
But even with the proper type of shoe, runners should be aware that running shoes are usually only meant to safely last 500 miles (or about half a year). Running shoes worn down to the interior structure no longer possess the foot-safety measures that were in place at the shoe’s time of purchase. Over time, these obsolete shoes will limit a runner’s endurance while systematically harming its wearer’s internal structure. Even after buying new shoes, the runner may run incorrectly. This happens after a runner’s body rewires their method of running in order to compensate for the damage being systematically caused by old shoes. A runner’s body in this situation will need to slowly rewire its processes to its original running form.
Serious runners almost always end up with an orthotic prescription to correct minute, subtle structural imperfections. A prescription from a good podiatrist can, at the very least, give these runners a competitive edge and stronger endurance.
For individuals who run less than 20 miles a week, orthotic inserts will most likely only be required in the case of an obvious structural defect. (In the case of a serious runner, even mild defects can be aggravated into a serious problem – and so should always be addressed by a podiatrist.)
Runners who find themselves suffering from chronic injuries or pain in the knee, arch, heel, hip, (etc.) usually can benefit from an orthotic prescription. A runner with recurring pain of any kind – even some kinds of muscle fatigue – should visit a podiatrist and see if an orthotic insert is a viable solution.