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My GP referred me for a biomechanical assessment as I had been suffering from pain and numbness in the balls of my feet on longer runs. I came away with a list of issues: pes cavus; equinus forefoot; bilateral halex limitus and bony feet with thin fat pads. I was also advised that I do not over-pronate too badly and that I should change to lighter control shoes (currently in Brooks GTS 10's).
To treat the problems, I was prescribed custom 3/4 length orthotics and I have had them for about 10 days now and the feeling of having a large smooth pebble under each arch is diminishing every day. I ran 2.5 miles on the treadmill today without any bad pain.
The orthotics are narrower and harder than my heel so I am worried they could kill the cushioning in the back of the shoe. If anyone else runs with custom orthotics, have you found that their shoes wear out more quickly than before? If so have you found any way to mitigate this?
I have already bought some thin noene insoles to go under the orthotics as I don't like the feel of the shoes without a sockliner and these might help to spread the load a bit.