Sports Medicine
A Crucial Period
Good Pain, Bad Pain
On Your Knees
Secondary Injuries
Imaging Technology
What's Sciatica?
The Female Athlete
Putting Your Feet First
Itis Schmitis
Too Much, Too Soon
Under the Influence
What's Goin' On?
Think Inches, Not Pounds
Preventing Vaginitis
That Painful Pull
Athlete's Heart
Exercise & Arthritis
Chilled to the Bone
Measuring Body Fat
Exercise and Your Breasts
Choosing a Sports Doctor
Lean on Me (Shoulder)
Exercise & Anemia
Exercise Abuse
Pelvis Sighting
Hand Aid
It's All in the Wrist
Back in Action
Altitude Adjustment
Tennis Elbow, Anyone?
Exercising in the Heat
Agony of the Feet
Restless Legs
Night Time Cramps
Birth Control Concerns
No Periods, No Babies?
Post Partum Prescription
Weight Loss Mystery
Undesirable Cooldown
To Brew Or Not To Brew
Fitness After Baby
Biking and Back Pain
Swimmer's Shoulder
A Hidden Athlete
Avoiding Osteoporosis
Drug Testing
Maximum Heart Rate
Headway Against Headaches
Torn Rotator Cuff
Fat Figures
Bloody Urine
Sag Story
Lackluster Leg
Bothersome Bulge
Gaining in Years
Taking It On the Shin
Aching Ankles
Hoop Help
Tender Toes
Meals For Muscle
Growing Pains
Hot Tips
High Altitude PMS
Personal Bests
Air Pollution
Ankle Blues
Heartbreak Heel
Yeast Relief

Putting Your Feet First


Also, keep in mind that orthotics control motion only behind the balls of the feet. For people who work out on the balls of their feet in step aerobics or on the stairclimber; a cushioning extension of the orthotic to the forefoot may help.

But it would be better to avoid needing such an extension by using your entire foot for weight bearing in these activities.

Choosing Your Orthotics

Regardless of your foot type, start with inexpensive orthotics. You may not have the kind of problem that would eventually require more expensive, custom-made orthotics.

The less costly types, which are made of materials such as felt, rubber and leather, will soon break down and need to be replaced. You may decide at that time whether to continue with orthotics and whether you want to have them custom made. If so, consult with a physical therapist or podiatrist.

Many different types of materials are used to make custom orthotics - some rigid, others soft and cushioning. Cushioning materials lose some effectiveness over time.

If you and your advisors are not convinced that orthotics will be effective for you, you might use less expensive materials for your first pair, while you determine whether they are a worthy investment.

Custom orthotics are made from a cast of your foot. The physical therapist or podiatrist will examine your feet and legs and watch you walk to see what kind of problems you might have. Take along an old pair of running shoes. Clinicians can tell a lot about you from the wear pattern.

Your advisors will be looking for the cause of your pain, which could be due to several factors. Training errors are the most common cause of repetitive - trauma injuries.

Among some of the basic errors are a sudden increase in the distance run, inadequate stretching, running on a hard surface, such as pavement, and running up too many hills.

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