Long-distance running can be a great way to build physical and mental endurance. Unfortunately, it can also place a lot of strain on your lower body. Since running creates a lot of impact on your knees, ankles, and feet, you want to take every precaution to ensure you minimize impact-related discomfort while running. Add a custom
Here are three things to consider as you invest in orthotics for running in the future.
1. Work with your body, not against it.
The mechanics of each body vary, which means that the way you move while running isn't exactly the same as any other runner. Since your body has a preferred range of motion that it will try to follow (regardless of any training aids you use), it's best to invest in a custom
Making it easier for the body to move naturally will alleviate muscle strain, while trying to alter the body's movement could result in increased strain and higher levels of pain. Become familiar with your natural range of motion, then invest in orthotics that promote rather than inhibit this movement.
2. Look for an
Increasing the amount of support your
Before you invest in a pair of orthotics, take the time to press the arch area with your fingers. If you can press down the arch, then the
3. Customize your orthotics.
Since no two feet are the exact same shape (including your own two feet), it can be beneficial to invest in orthotics that can be molded to the unique shape of your foot.
Protecting your feet with