You do #GaitAnalysis, do you do the insole thing?

Not sure why people are being conditioned to think that you have to have arch support in running shoes but it is a simple fact of life that there is an escalating trend of customers presenting themselves to me in +Amphibian King West – Galway either with or looking for arch support.

arch1

ɑːtʃ/

noun

noun: arch; plural noun: arches

1.

a curved symmetrical structure spanning an opening and typically supporting the weight of a bridge, roof, or wall above it.

synonyms: archway, vault, span, dome;

bridge

“a stone arch was built at the entrance”



In the instance of the foot arch it is a self supporting, flexible structure composed of tissue which supports the weight of the body and acts as part of the body’s shock absorption process.


Yes, there are some situations where due to injury or stress the foot needs a bit of support to during the recovery period and this is very often where orthotics come into their own. To be honest though 9 times out of 10 the customers I see do not need insoles or orthotics in their running shoes. They simply need help to select the correct shoe appropriate to their biomechanics, some tips on managing foot pain and to apply a little patience to the recovery process.


So the answer to the above question is “no, we do not stock insoles, but if you’d like to let me have a look we can help you decide if you actually need them.”


Have you any experience of insoles or orthotics you would like to share?

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