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2010-01-07 3:43 PM

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Subject: Orthotics
Just got orthotics today. I felt instant relief as soon as i put them on.. amazing..

so i tried my run today.. it was suppose to be a 4 miler, but only made .6 and some change. it felt so uncomfortable..

the question is how long does it take to get adjusted to these things? im in full mary training.. durations is important.. can't miss to much.. will try to go on a longer run tomorrow, just wanted to know


2010-01-07 3:49 PM
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This is a tough question to answer. I have had some that I could only wear for an hour or so a day then gradually get used to. The last ones I had there was no adjustment peroid to. The other factor could be your shoes. For example I am a supinator and I like the Mizuno Wave creation as my running shoe. If you have orthotics made you may want or need to change to a nuetral shoe because the orthotic is making the corrections for you not the shoe. If you put your orthotics in a shoe designed to correct the same problem you could be in trouble. Is you orthotic provider a runner? Did you discuss what shoe to wear running with the orthotic provider? I don't wear my orthotics with my running shoes anymore.

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2010-01-07 3:52 PM
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It'll take some getting used to.

I just got a second pair cast and I can tell a huge difference in them and the originals. Nothing changed but the newness.

The newer ones hurt my feet when I ran in the Tuesday. I've been told to walk daily in those a while, then wear the old ones for running until I get used to it. He said this could take a couple of weeks.

Also, if they are terribly uncomfortable, you may need to have them readjusted some. I remember my dr. put a very large Metarsal Pad on the bottom that felt like a rock in my shoe. He burred it down some and it worked MUCH better.

Just trial and error, but they will take some getting used to.
2010-01-07 4:42 PM
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Yup it does take a few weeks - there should have been some instructions on breaking them in but generally you wear them for a couple of hours the first day, a few more the next day etc etc

I was advised to wait a couple of weeks (until i was wearthing them a lot) before using them during exercise and that worked for me. I did workout during this time but not with orthotics (and definatley not long workouts) so that my body had done all the adjustments to them before I attempted anything major with them...
2010-01-07 6:09 PM
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Depends.  If it's your first pair, be careful.  Definitely can lead to some soreness if you overdo it.  Better to go easy for the first week while you adjust than to lose more time because your feet are too sore to even walk around easily.

Just got a new pair today myself...fourth set for me since 2000.  Last pair didn't do the job, so congrats on getting a good set first time out.  My first pair totally improved my quality of life...couldn't even walk without pain before that.
2010-01-07 10:01 PM
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be careful, i tore my meniscus the first time i wore mine.  i did to much and paid for it.  you're supposed to walk in them for a few hours a day and increase as you become comfortable, from there you can gauge where you are and then go out for runs.


2010-01-08 8:23 AM
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Most people will take about 3 wks to totally get used to wearing them by slowing increasing the amount of time each day that they are worn.  Your feet are used to functioning with the poor biomechanics that the orthotics are meant to correct for quite a long time.  So they need an adjustment period.  

x2 on maybe having to switch the type of running shoe you are using.  Once you are accustomed to wearing the orthotics take them to your running shoe store and try talk to them about what you used to run in and what you may need now that you have the orthotics.   
2010-01-08 8:38 AM
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I just recently got orthotics too.   The first couple of times running with them I was just on the treadmill for about 15 minutes for a warmup before lifting.  But my first real run was 10k probably about 5 or so days after getting them, and I felt amazing and did a best time.   So i guess it just all depends.  Take it easy and get used to them by running some short distances and you should be great in no time

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2010-01-08 9:03 AM
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Thanks all for responses.. they feel a little better today.. i will try a short run this eve, to test waters again. im suppose to go back on monday, as a check-up to see if any adjustments are necessary.

thanks again..

happy training.
2010-01-08 9:20 AM
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Wear them for one hour (just normal daily wear) the first day, two hours the second day, three hours the third, etc. Do not try running in them until you've worn them around for a full 8 hours at least once or twice. Start out slowly with running...the first few runs should only be like 20 or 30 mins, then gradually build up how long you run in them.

2010-01-08 9:22 AM
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elbi999 - 2010-01-08 9:23 AM  

x2 on maybe having to switch the type of running shoe you are using.  Once you are accustomed to wearing the orthotics take them to your running shoe store and try talk to them about what you used to run in and what you may need now that you have the orthotics.   

You should be in a neutral shoe now.



2010-01-08 9:55 AM
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I didn't run in mine till I could wear them all day without soreness.
2010-01-08 10:01 AM
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drewbialk - 2010-01-08 10:55 AM I didn't run in mine till I could wear them all day without soreness.

That's what my PT told me. And as Lauren said, once you are okay to start running in them, you can only do 20 minutes, then 30, etc, etc, slowly building up. It's annoying to have to switch out shoes or insoles in the middle of a run.

I ended up having a very poor experience with orthotics - and as I've talked to more people, I've found this to be common. But there are a lots of folks who swear by them. Don't be surprised if they DON'T work for you, and if they don't feel right, go back and have them fixed. The first pair that was made for me was terribly uncomfortable, so we had to recast and have a new pair made. Those felt much better, but ended up doing more harm than good.

2010-01-08 4:30 PM
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wurkit_gurl - 2010-01-08 10:01 AM

drewbialk - 2010-01-08 10:55 AM I didn't run in mine till I could wear them all day without soreness.

That's what my PT told me. And as Lauren said, once you are okay to start running in them, you can only do 20 minutes, then 30, etc, etc, slowly building up. It's annoying to have to switch out shoes or insoles in the middle of a run.

I ended up having a very poor experience with orthotics - and as I've talked to more people, I've found this to be common. But there are a lots of folks who swear by them. Don't be surprised if they DON'T work for you, and if they don't feel right, go back and have them fixed. The first pair that was made for me was terribly uncomfortable, so we had to recast and have a new pair made. Those felt much better, but ended up doing more harm than good.



So do you not wear your orthotics anymore?  And if that is the case, how are you managing your foot issues?   I had a similar experience with my custom orthotics, too.  Terribly uncomfortable...had to bring them back to my podiatrist 3x for adjustments.  They never did feel "right", so I simply stopped using them and switched to an OTC insole.  My podiatrist has sinced moved to another state, so I'm stuck with $650 custom orthotics that I can't use...<sigh>. 
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elbi999 - 2010-01-08 9:23 AM  

x2 on maybe having to switch the type of running shoe you are using.  Once you are accustomed to wearing the orthotics take them to your running shoe store and try talk to them about what you used to run in and what you may need now that you have the orthotics.   

You should be in a neutral shoe now.



Not necessarily. Some PTs, Podiatrists, Pedorthists, etc. may design the orthotic to be used in a stability shoe so the orthotic does some of the correcting and the shoe does some of the correcting. You should ask whoever designed the orthotic what type of shoe to use or bring the orthotic to a specialty running store and have them check your gait in both neutral and stability shoes with the insert in.
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