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The Use of Orthotics Among Aging Runners

Custom-made orthotics play a vital role in ensuring comfortable and pain-free running for individuals over the age of 50. As we age, the natural wear and tear on our feet and lower limbs can lead to various biomechanical issues and discomfort during physical activities like running. Custom orthotics are tailored to the specific needs of individuals, making them particularly effective in addressing age-related foot problems. One of the primary benefits of custom orthotics is their ability to provide optimal support and alignment for the feet, which becomes increasingly important as people age. These orthotic devices help redistribute pressure evenly across the foot, reducing the risk of common issues like plantar fasciitis, arch pain, and joint strain. Moreover, custom orthotics can correct gait abnormalities and overpronation, which tend to become more prevalent with age. By promoting proper biomechanics, orthotics enhance stability, reduce the risk of falls, and alleviate discomfort associated with running. Custom-made orthotics are designed to fit comfortably inside running shoes, ensuring a snug and supportive fit. This added cushioning and support help absorb shock during each stride, reducing the impact on joints and minimizing the risk of injury. If you are concerned about being able to run comfortably as you age, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for a conversation about how wearing custom-made orthotics can benefit you.

If you are having discomfort in your feet and would like to try orthotics, contact one of our podiatrists from In Motion Foot and Ankle. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Are Orthotics?

Orthotics are inserts you can place into your shoes to help with a variety of foot problems such as flat feet or foot pain. Orthotics provide relief and comfort for minor foot and heel pain but can’t correct serious biomechanical problems in your feet.

Over-the-Counter Inserts

Orthotics come in a wide variety of over-the-counter inserts that are used to treat foot pain, heel pain, and minor problems. For example, arch supports can be inserted into your shoes to help correct overarched or flat feet, while gel insoles are often used because they provide comfort and relief from foot and heel pain by alleviating pressure.

Prescription Orthotics

If over-the-counter inserts don’t work for you or if you have a more severe foot concern, it is possible to have your podiatrist prescribe custom orthotics. These high-quality inserts are designed to treat problems such as abnormal motion, plantar fasciitis, and severe forms of heel pain. They can even be used to help patients suffering from diabetes by treating foot ulcers and painful calluses and are usually molded to your feet individually, which allows them to provide full support and comfort.

If you are experiencing minor to severe foot or heel pain, it’s recommended to speak with your podiatrist about the possibilities of using orthotics. A podiatrist can determine which type of orthotic is right for you and allow you to take the first steps towards being pain-free.

If you have any questions please contact our offices located in Cypress and Houston, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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