Awhile back, I was given the opportunity to review a pair of custom foot orthotics for my running shoes. This was ideal for me, as I have had several issues and injuries over the past couple of years that maybe orthotics could correct. (IT band issues, tight/rotated hips, leg length issues, back pain, etc.) The great folks at Foot Dynamics were so accommodating and helpful through the whole process.
I was sent an impression kit in the mail along with very good, easy to follow instructions on how to get the correct impression of my feet. It was kind of cool actually! You put the foot molds in the oven for a few minutes to make them pliable so they will mold exactly to your foot to get a perfect, custom fit.
Then you step onto this squishy wedge with the mold under your foot.
A sheet was also included for me to fill out about any injuries or issues I have had or have currently that they may want to know about when creating my insoles. I made sure to give as much information as I could, and then shipped the kit back.
When you get your orthotics in the mail, they come with instructions on care, use and cleaning. Just like anything else, they need to be broken in before you start running long distances in them. I started by just putting them in my cross training shoes and walking around the house in them before taking them on a run. I will admit, it felt weird at first having something molded so closely underneath the arch of my foot, but I quickly got used to it and am happy to report so far I haven’t had any issues or running related injuries!
I am very happy wit the product, as well as the customer service and highly recommend them if you are looking to have orthotics made. I think they are a great investment for a runner, especially if you deal with injuries, pronation, back pain, etc. What a lifesaver! Be sure to check out their Facebook Fan page as well and be sure to Follow them on Twitter.
Foot Dynamics is such a great company, they are offering RWS readers a $20 discount on custom orthotics! Just use the code RWS12 when you check out.
QOTD: Do you use orthotics? Have you ever thought about it? What injuries do you have that you think could benefit from orthotics?
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