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Aching feet?

29 June, 2013 0 comments

Sole -  aching arches on feet



As autumn marathon runners approach their mid-way training point, they will be building endurance and stepping up the mileage week by week.  Hopefully, all is going well: but it’s at this stage, when the distance creeps up, that common niggling injuries can occur that may interrupt training progress.  One of the common conditions are aching feet/soles.  Orthopaedic specialists at SOLE recommend how to avoid these.

Expert View

“Prevention is better than cure when it comes to conditions associated to Biomechanical dysfunction such as plantar fasciitis,” warns Andrew Stanley.  “If you don’t address the cause of the problem, it can escalate to the point where walking, let alone running, is very painful.  Once plantar fasciitis has occurred it can take weeks or more likely months and sometimes years to fully recover if left unchecked,” he says.  Stanley continues by saying, “If you’re a keen runner, I’d suggest a dynamic gait analysis by a fully trained, experienced professional to determine if you’re prone to plantar fasciitis and/or many other biomechanical dysfunction problems. If so, you can take preventative action. The extra Marathon training mileage may already be taking its toll on your feet and legs. It may therefore be prudent to consult a podiatrist and invest in biomechanically designed support insoles that help maintain the arch and stabilise your foot.  Whatever you do, don’t ignore it, it will only get worse!”


Solution from SOLE

You need to restore the arch and support your entire foot from your toes to your heels.  Andrew concedes that, “Not everyone can afford gait analysis and custom orthotics”. Ready-made “fixed” generic insoles aren’t always successful in preventing the problem. However, SOLE has a solution in the form of its mouldable footbeds which adapt through the heat of your feet to fit perfectly.  The custom support gently lifts your arch into its optimal position, allowing your foot to function properly and preventing over-pronation which can lead to a range of conditions such as shin splints, knee pain and plantar fasciitis.  The deep heel cup stabilizes your foot in the shoe and reinforces your heel’s natural shock-absorbing quality.

The footbeds are moulded to fit your feet.  Here is a Youtube video we found showing you a process.



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