katalaska Posted July 18, 2008 Share Posted July 18, 2008 The podiatrist now tells me I need custom orthotics. As in "durable medical equipment" due to "medical necessity" (he has to use all those phrases to deal with the insurance company). Anyone out there have custom orthotics? I'm a little nervous about the whole thing. Will I be able to run again? (At this point I'll even take walking without pain!) Can you tell me why you have them and what they are like? *~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~* The background story if you want to read it: So...last July 1 I started to exercise "for real." I had already been on the treadmill faithfully three days a week since the previous October. As of July 1, 2007, I started adding "running" (jogging?) to my treadmill workouts and added the exercise bike on the other days. So...I was up to six days a week of exercise. I never lost any weight (which was part of my goal). But I did improve my cardiovascular endurance. And I could almost run 3 miles at a time without stopping. This past winter I was moving toward both increasing my speed (I'm really slow--my "running" speed is as fast as some people's fast walking). I got an inhaler because I have exercise-induced asthma. I was working toward entering an actual, for-real, outdoor 5K race (planned for after my transition from the treadmill to outside). Then, in April, I started having pain in my feet. It didn't get better; it got worse. After reading the running books, etc. I self-diagnosed plantar fasciitis.In May I went to the running store and got brand new running shoes (my others were exactly one year old and had about 250 miles on them--mostly walking miles). My feet felt like they were in heaven but I couldn't run. I haven't run since April. I finally got in to see the podiatrist last week. I told him everything I've done...new shoes, drugstore inserts, internet-order arch support (dh told me the kind the podiatrist always recommends but we couldn't find them at either local running store), arch wraps, a Foot Rubz ball, ibuprofen, stretching. And now I'm waiting for August for my appointment for orthotics. I'm on the cancellation waiting list but it is unlikely I'll get in before my appointment. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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