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It's nice to sit in an ivory tower and act like they're just crap, and maybe they are, but when surgery is the only other alternative to having severe pain, you can't just go with nothing.Jason has perfectly flat feet — no arch....So why shouldn’t Jason — or anyone, for that matter — just go to a store and buy whatever shoe feels good, without worrying about “correcting” a perceived biomechanical defect?
“That is exactly what you should do,” Dr. Nigg replied.
A lot of people get orthotics who may do OK without them. But they can make a big difference for some problems. Mine compensate for a collapsed arch on one foot and slightly shorter leg on that side. I went from not being able to walk unassisted to setting a half-marathon PR in less than a month, but what really made me happy was that it ended a frequently-recurring hip injury in my other leg and relieved a lot of stress in my back. I didn't realize how much stress there was until I stood on them the first time.Jim_H wrote:Depends on what type of feet you have.
I have the same issue(s) ( flat, low-volume foot with skinny heels, size 12). I recently tried a pair of Mizuno Cabrakan 2, a lightish trail runner. I had always sworn by Montrail Vitesse's, but they are out of production. Anyway, these Mizuno's are made for narrow. low-volume feet. You may want to see it they may work for you as well.VVebb wrote:........
I personally have very narrow feet (size 11B-12B). It's very hard to find shoes in B-width, so I normally wear standard D-width shoes, but with extra inserts to elevate my foot inside the shoe, thereby making it easier to tie the shoe tightly. If I don't put inserts in my shoes, it's impossible to tighten the laces so that the shoes fit snugly because the two sides of the shoe run into each other below the laces. So, even a cheap set of orthotics saves me the time and money needed to obtain a set of shoes that fits me properly. (Lame, I know, but I discovered this solution a long time ago, and it hasn't failed me, so I've never actually purchased B-width shoes.)