The pain didn’t lessen over the next 2 days, in fact, any movement of my left foot made me wince - I was terrified that my running days were over. A trip to the podiatrist down the street confirmed I indeed had plantar fasciitus, and he recommended orthotics. A week later, I removed the liners from my running shoes and in went the hard molded orthotics. They felt awfully strange in my shoe, but my foot began to heal, and the pain subsided.
Flash forward to two years ago, I noticed a serious hammer-toe emerging on my right foot, along with recurring pain. I had been through several pairs of running shoes since first getting the hard orthotics, and dutifully removed each shoes’ liner, and replaced with my hard orthotics. Something was afoot, so to speak! Now I had cramping in my right foot and a fugly second toe growing an unnatural arch!! I wasn’t relishing the idea of getting another pair of expensive, uncomfortable hard orthotics, but knew the old orthotics were now causing me more harm than good.
Around this time, I was introduced to Dr. Camp, and when I told him about my foot pain, he told me about soft orthotics. After using the rigid, and not by any stretch of the imagination COMFORTABLE hard orthotics, spongy soft orthotics sounded very appealing!! Dr. Camp explained to me about the natural pronation and supination that take place when running. He assessed my ankle, knees and hips, adjusted my alignment. He showed me how soft orthotics would support my foot in the optimal subtalar neutral position.
About a week later, he fitted me for the soft orthotics. Now I have a wonderful pair of soft orthotics, what an amazing difference!! I didn’t even notice they were in my shoes, they were so comfortable – and, incredibly the pain dissipated from my right foot within 3 days!! Now, over a year (and many miles) later, my feet feel pretty awesome. And the fugly hammer toe? Amazingly enough, the toe is less arched than before.
I am so grateful to Dr. Camp for his wonderful orthotics!! Running is almost like breathing to me, and thanks to Dr. Camp, I’m back on the road!