Running With Orthotics And Piriformis Syndrome

By Patricia | August 15, 2010
Running With Orthotics

Orthotics is a science of making orthopedic aids to improve or correct a slight deformity or a posture, to ease the function or mobility of a limb. Since it evolved from biomechanical research they are used most commonly as molded shoe inserts or braces and splints. Orthotics helps the muscles and bones of the calves and feet by enabling the muscles to perform their functions in a way that maximum potential can be achieved. For those who complain of constant pain in the feet, legs and at the base of the spine orthotics can help to decrease the pain and relieve the cramps. Orthotic shoe inserts and insoles are very popular to reduce the strain on the feet and making walking or running more comfortable. Podiatrists believe that while running the body puts down three times of your body weight on the feet. There are rapid motions that happen from our knees down to our feet while we run as the feet takes the total weight and pushes us ahead with each step. Moreover as we run the feet are the parts which have to endure the maximum shock as they hit the ground. Running with orthotics is helpful because it helps to evenly distribute the body weight in a way that it reduces the shock and absorbs the pressure to the foot. Orthotics insoles are also useful for people with flat feet and high in steps as they are instrumental in re aligning the foot and ensuring proper movement and reduced pain. Piriformis syndrome occurs when the muscles in the buttocks become tight because of pressure on the nerves and begin to pain from the hip downwards. This usually affects most runners due to the constant use of the legs and the pressure that affects the lower back. Another reason is the way that you run in also leads to tightening of the nerve and the strain caused therein. Running with piriformis syndrome can be a risky thing as the strain on those muscles increases when you run and can become very painful and can lead to temporary immobility. The easiest way of dealing with this syndrome is to spend time a good five minutes doing stretches before you start running. Stretches, good massages, hot water bottles are ways in which you can relieve the pain in the muscles and relax the legs. Always keep track of your running regime and maintain a steady style throughout so that you do not end up with an injury or tear a muscle because of neglecting muscles strains and cramps.

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