Many years ago, for another reason. Twice.
Work on form, quality vs. quantity at first, then add to volume.
Learn the signs of different types of overuse wear and detect them
Select best shoe type, best running surface, best preventive routines,
best exercise mix, a low impact running style, ... and the orthotic
Just piling on the road miles probably does not work with most people
and seems to break down the body's suspension rather than build it up.
Have known a number of people who loved to run and ignored the pain
with predictable results, and the number of folks who say it damages
their knees constitutes a sizeable part of the active population.
For me, intense or long efforts followed by longer recovery seem to
improve condition. In cycling, one half day a week with a short
midweek speed session does wonders, even compared to those who are out
every day. When windsurfing everyday, a weekly intense or LSD road
run keeps my running performance about level. Now, I am reading about
shoulder injuries from windsurfers who do not treat that activity with
respect, and you guessed it, do not plan recovery breaks.
> > Hi all,
> > I am thinking of stopping wearing my custom orthotics as a little
> > experiment. I have been wearing them for about 10 months for plantar
> > fasciitis which developed in October, 2000. I have read a number of
> > articles and talked to doctors who suggest that the orthotics are
> > acting as a crutch for my weak foot muscles.
> > Has anyone stopped using orthotics after having worm them for some
> > time? I'd love to hear some stories.
> > Thanks,
> > Muk
> Back in the 70's I went through 4 or 5 different pairs of orthotics from
> soft to hard and all in between. I finally stopped using them. What I
> did do and continue to do on a monthly basis is have my Rolfer do an
> ongoing adjustment. It's worked for me. The other thing is that all that
> I talk about form and style is because it made sense and I've played with
> it and continue to play with it with all those who are willing to be their
> own experiment of one. They get to educate themselves about what works and
> what doesn't. And when they get back to me, I'm continually learning new
> ways of looking at running to make it efficient and effective....in making
> it a lifelong journey.