I think I’ve been complaining about my sore feet probably as long as I’ve been writing this blog. At first, I attributed it to the additional running. When you go from barely run 10 miles a week to running 20, you’re going to feeling some growing pains, no? But 10 months later when I ran my first half marathon, I was still experiencing it. Not just that, it had gotten a lot worse. It had gotten so persistent, in fact, that I could tell you during my long runs when exactly it was going to start bothering me. If you’re curious, it was mile 8.
Over the past year, I tried changing my shoes and changing my socks, but nothing seemed to really work. And after my half marathon in April, I decided that enough was enough. I was going to get to bottom of this once and for all.
I won’t go into the full story again, but you might remember from this post that my first real break in the case was the discovery that somewhere along the lines my arch has fallen. This meant that I was no longer running in the right type of shoe. Like I said, I’ve tried multiple shoes over the last several months and I was really tired of throwing money at my local running store hoping that the next new pair of socks or shoes might be the answer. So I decided it was time to visit my doctor.
I figured she would probably pass me on to a podiatrist, but she surprised me and instead recommended that I try the Dr. Scholl’s Footmapping machine first. They are relatively easy to find and use. I visited my trusty local CVS, followed the instructions on the machine and was fitted for an insole within minutes.
Because I’m so lucky, the insole that I was recommended was sold out at the store so I had to order it online and wait two weeks for it to arrive. *eye rolling* In the meantime, I bought an inexpensive insert at CVS to tide me over.
From my very first long run in my cheap insole, I felt immediate relief. I’ve run 10 miles several times now and my feet have not bothered me in the least. In fact, I feel so much better post-run that it’s not only improved the feel of my feet but also my post-run legs. My legs used to feel so tight after a long run. I would go home, shower, immediately put on my compression socks and wear them for the rest of the day. But since I started using the insoles, I haven’t felt the need to break out my compression socks once. I had no idea how much my foot pain was affecting the rest of my body as well.
As for the insoles, it’s been a few weeks now. I’ve run in both the PRO and in the Custom Fit Orthodics. They both seemed to solve the problem for me, but there is a VAST price difference between the two. The PRO set me back $10 and the Custom Fit was $50. Hey, I’m not made out of money here. Clearly, I’m going with the PRO when it’s time to re-order. For once I wasn’t being a sarcastic a$$hole when I said that those insoles being sold out was a lucky break for me. I would have never known there was a more cost effective option out there had that custom orthodic been sitting there waiting for me to pick it up.
I can’t tell you how relieved I am to know that my flat feet aren’t going to force me out of longer distances. Hopefully my next half marathon will be less about crossing the finish line so I can sit down somewhere to massage my sore tootsies and more about the glory of running! Fingers (and toes) crossed that this problem has finally been solved once and for all.