> For all those who wear orthotics, do you find that you have to have them
> adjusted or recast after wearing them for a certain amount of time?
> I've noticed mine have changed their feel and have begun to notice
> increased foot fatigue after running. I've owned mine for about a year
> now, and when I first got them they were heaven - I could run all day
> and not feel foot soreness or fatigue. Now I'm getting more sore after
> running. I'm wondering if what I'm experiencing is the orthotic or the
> shoe wearing out. I notice that I have to really tighten down the shoe
> to get the heel to stay put, whereas before they fit like gloves. But
> I'm also noticing hip problems and wonder if it isn't all connected to
> faulty gear. I'm straddling between orthotics and shoes as to what is
> at fault.
> I've only had the shoes for about 6 months, but I run every other day so
> they see quite a bit of milage on them. The shoes are NB, which I found
> fit the orthotics quite well and had nice wide widths for my duck feet.
> I never had this problem before the orthotics, but since the orthotics
> allow me to dramatically increase my running I can't really compare what
> I did before with what I did now.
Depends on what your orthotics are made of. It could be shoe wearing
and/or orthotics. I've had my custom hard orthotics (3/4 length) for
about 10 yrs, and they are starting to look the worse for wear now. But
I'm not sure if that affects anything functionally or whether it's more
cosmetic (does appear to be squished a little, so not completely
cosmetic). I had the leather covering redone last fall as I had worn
through that completely. But I suspect softer ones may wear out more
Depending upon how much running you're doing and the type of running and
the reason for the orthotics, I can see where your gait may change a
little over time, esp. if doing any kind of foot / ankle strengthening,
but you may not be doing that. How many miles / hours are you running a
If you have another pair of newer shoes - exact model you're using now -
you can compare feeling of your new shoe with that of old shoe. That's
the easy way to tell whether the problem is the shoes. Most people tend
to get somewhere in the 300-500 mi range from typical running shoes.
Some get 200 mi, some get 1000mi.
I wear my orthotic on top the sock liner, so with new shoes, I typically
need to allow, say, 25 mi for break in, which is mostly the time it
takes my orthotic to embed itself in the sock liner. Until that time,
the foot might be a little crowded. I doubt this is what you're seeing
after 6 months though with heels getting looser. Have you changed the
way you lace and tie your shoes? There's a way to lock the laces so they
hold the heels better than regular lacing.
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