Orthotics for Running

By: Tom Lemke - Cped MC, Cped C, Apr 16, 2018
runner, brand, footwear, feet, care, protection

I want to get into running. Should I get orthotics and why?

Great question! I could write a book on this..... First, go slow! Injuries from running are very, very common and mostly from over-doing it. Running is one the most rewarding things anyone can do for fun and exercise. If you plan to get into running you absolutely need the best running shoe FOR YOU, regardless of brand.

The most important things to consider when buying running shoes are: 

  1. Make sure the shoe fits your feet very well. Size, width etc. It could help to bring the socks you would wear jogging to try on with the running shoe.
  2. Be sure the shoe has adequate cushioning and support FOR YOU, this is important, do not be shy to run around the store, this is your comfort for miles and miles of running. 
  3. The heel height of the running shoe is suitable for your running style. 
  4. You will probably find that the weight of the shoe will also become important once you've been running/jogging for a while but that is not crucial in keeping your feet and knees healthy as a runner.

I wear orthotics for everything except running and walking for exercise. I don't suggest that you need orthotics just because you want to take up jogging, not everyone needs orthotics. Once you have the correct footwear sorted and If you take it slowly, build up your strength and stamina and don't over-do it you can be virtually injury free as a runner.

Tom Lemke has been making custom footwear for Canadians for over 30 years.

Tom became a Certified Pedorthic Master Craftsman in 1996, and a few years later in 2003 he started his own orthopedic, orthotic and pedorthic practice: The Foot Lab. Located in Edmonton, Alberta, The Foot Lab serves clients from Grande Prairie to Nova Scotia and beyond.  Check out our website http://www.footlab.ca/ 

Our Certified Pedorthic Master Craftsman will create custom-made shoes, inserts, insoles and/or footwear modification to help you:

  • improve your walking posture, putting less stress on your body;
  • relieve foot, leg, or back pain from walking and standing;
  • walk more naturally with differently-sized legs or a partial or full amputation; and
  • relieve pain and improve balance problems caused by chronic health issues like diabetes or cerebral palsy.