Will Custom Orthotics for Runners Increase My Speed?

 

Let’s Go For A Run!

Whether a professional runner or someone who runs for exercise, everyone runs at their own pace! Running is a great way to stay in shape mentally and physically. So whatever the reason for being active on your feet, it is important to keep them healthy, supported, and comfortable. Maybe your goal is to increase your average mile time, but your feet are yanking the reins as you try to increase your endurance. There is a solution and the solution is, custom running insoles.

You may be wondering, how can Arcus custom running insoles will help me increase my running speed? 

Let’s discuss how custom made orthotics can help you achieve more comfort during your run.  

 

Orthotic Insoles Are Simple But Impactful

Through research and experience, we have learned that orthotics are a great ally for many foot conditions including high or low arches, achilles pain, heel pain, flat feet, deformities, plantar fasciitis, bursitis, arthritis, foot pain caused by diabetes, and many more. Addressing the root of this pain can improve alignment throughout the body, help your posture, associated body pain, support muscles in the feet, injuries, and conditions that are preventing you from a comfortable run.  

However, not all inserts are made equal! Custom made orthotics are superior to insoles as they are made specific to your needs, condition, symptoms, and target the areas that are of most concern for you. Want to learn more about our love of healing? Click here to learn about the conditions we treat.

 

Protecting Your Feet is Crucial While Running

While there are countless benefits to running, there are important things to take into consideration: running can cause wear-and-tear on the body, knees, joints, tendons, and muscles. 

While running, the impact from your heels on the ground sends an incredible force throughout the body. Your foot can favor positions by turning slightly in or out, depending on your arch.  This force can lead to exacerbated conditions that can extend into other areas of the body. 

To protect your feet and body while running, wearing well-cushioned and well-fitted running shoes designed specifically for running, your condition, and your foot can help protect you from injury. 

 

 

How Running Without Support Can Affect Your Feet

As we discussed above, running without the support of orthotics can be stressful to the body.  These injuries can be prevented and nurtured to health with custom orthotics: 

  • Runner’s knee
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • IT band syndrome
  • Shin splints
  • Hamstring injuries
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Stress fractures
  • Ankle sprain 

Running in an uncomfortable fit shoe or one without a custom fit orthotic can also increase your chances of developing blisters. A well fit, custom shoe insert, can help prevent your foot from sliding around in your shoe. They keep your foot snug and supported during motion, preventing blisters from occurring.

These injuries will only slow a runner down and keep you from conquering your running goals! Being comfortable and having shoes that are reliable is key.

 

Comfortable Feet Lead to Comfortable Runs

Many custom orthotics are made with a type of memory foam which adjust to the shape of your foot and target the areas that hurt the most. Arcus’s podiatrist supervised process creates a  custom fit orthotic that has helped many runners overcome unbearable pains and discomfort in the body and feet. 

Your custom running insoles will give your feet the internal support system they have been missing and allow you to keep wearing your favorite pair of running shoes! Except when you want to go barefoot in the grass! 

 

When Should I Get Insoles for My Running Shoes?

Listen to your body! What is it telling you? Are you in pain during or after your run? Where is the pain located? These are important questions to ask yourself if you are feeling pain or discomfort. 

If during a workout your footing doesn’t feel solid or comfortable then, that is a good sign that there may be something to look into. Your path to comfort may be as simple as supporting your feet and body’s specific adjustment needs with a custom orthotic.

Don’t give up if you’re experiencing discomfort, this could just be the support your feet nee..  We love what we do and are here to help. Our master technicians, with over 25 years of experience, will create your orthotic to our doctor’s biomechanical specifications and get you back on your running journey!

 

Creating insoles with Arcus is SO easy! Start your journey by creating a foot profile!

 

 

Dr. Adam Kaplan is the owner and CEO of Arcus Orthotics. A podiatrist with a private practice in Fanwood, New Jersey, Adam specializes in general podiatry, foot, and ankle surgery, and wound healing. A longtime proponent of health and fitness, he believes in educating his patients throughout their wellness journeys.

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