It’s almost May, which means that summer is right around the corner. Now that the sun is out and the weather is mild, you might be thinking about getting back into your summer running routine. Whether you’re a casual morning jogger or a serial road racer who never misses the chance to get an age group victory in a local 5K, running is a great way to get exercise and enjoy the outdoors during the summer months.
However, many runners suffer from chronic pain and acute injuries every summer. According to a Runner’s World poll in 2011, 13 percent of readers suffered from knee pain alone. And while it is possible to train through some injuries, nagging pain can make it much harder to stay motivated to get out in the morning. Also, if you aggravate a minor injury or suffer from a major injury, you could find yourself stuck indoors on the bike or the elliptical, unable to enjoy the summer sunshine or the company of friends on summer training runs.
The Dangers of Over-the-Counter Foot Orthotics
In order to ensure that they will stay healthy on the roads, many runners turn to foot orthotics. These can help correct biomechanical deficiencies and improve posture by providing arch support. However, many runners make the mistake of purchasing generic, over-the-counter orthotics from sports stores. You might find yourself at the local athletic outlet, staring at a wide range of shoe inserts, wondering which one to choose. Is one brand better than another? And when it comes to the different varieties that each brand offers, how can you figure out which one is best? Should you just choose your favorite color?
If you are looking to prevent injuries with foot orthotics, buying an over-the-counter orthotic can be a big risk. If you choose the wrong one, it could actually reinforce biomechanical problems that you already have, which could greatly increase your odds of being sidelined by pain. For example, if you over pronate when you run, and you buy an orthotic that is designed for runners who are prone to supination, you could inadvertently subject yourself to runner’s knee and other ailments.
The best solution is to get a custom-made foot orthotic from a chiropractor. Chiropractors are trained to perform high-level biomechanical analyses, and they can create an orthotic that is designed specifically to correct your structural imbalances. By trusting the professionals rather than choosing a generic brand, you can greatly increase the odds that your running plan will go smoothly this summer.
Atlanta Chiropractic and Wellness offers functional orthotics for runners and others who suffer from pain and biomechanical problems. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!