When you love to run, you don’t want anything to hold you back.
Whether you are a casual weekend runner, training for a marathon, or striving for athletic success, you want to be able to put one foot in front of the other and go the distance.
But feet are funny. They could actually be the thing that is stopping you from hitting your peak.
You might think that running is running. But everyone has a different gait – a different way that their feet fall in relation to the rest of their body. Your gait can impact your running style.
Bailey Stewart, a New Zealand Olympian, discovered this.
Bailey Stewart is a 22 year old New Zealand Olympic runner. As you can imagine, running is his life. He is training to compete with the best in the world.
“When I found Orthotic Active, I was looking for a way to prevent potential injuries throughout my athletic career. I was also wanting to reduce the stress on past injuries, namely my hamstring.”
But Stewart also learned something interesting from his Gait Track assessment.
“My favorite experience with Orthotic Active was the deconstruction of my foot fall process with Anton. He went through all the steps from ‘what we are testing’ to ‘why this is significant’ and was able to visually show me 3D diagrams of my stride pattern and foot fall pressures. To my surprise, my foot fall was pointedly different in my right foot, which could be caused by the circular pattern of running on a track.”
That finding may not seem overly significant, but it really is! A standard set of off-the-shelf orthotics would not cater for the difference between Stewart’s left and right footfalls. In fact, by wearing something that doesn’t fit well, it could end up causing injury.
“Unlike other generic orthotics, Orthotic Active custom makes 3D printed insoles that are unique to the needs of the individual. As a track athlete, I have rather specific running needs. In particular, I needed the insoles to work both in my regular shoes and in my track shoes.”
Why Orthotic Active?
“Orthotic Active can custom create insoles that refine themselves to what you need and cut out everything you don’t. The ability to have custom made insoles means they can be applied to any sport, lifestyle, foot, and shoe. I wear them in my distance runners and track trainers to maintain consistency from shoe to shoe.”
As Stewart says, “Being a runner, everything is linear, and when 0.1s in a race matters, creating the most efficient technique is extremely important.”
Ill-fitting insoles would not help him to create the most efficient techniques. But a custom pair of 3D printed insoles that are designed specifically for his feet and running style will.
“Currently I am three quarters of the way through my off-season training, which is full of long runs, weight-lifting and lactic sessions. I believe that my new orthotics have successfully prevented injuries, both in general, and in problem areas, such as my hamstring.”
Preventing injury is not about being cautious or changing the way you run. It is about having the right tools to create those efficient running techniques. 3D printed insoles helped Stewart do just that.
Maybe they could help you also.