With the 2016 Olympic Games having been run and won last year in Rio it raises a very valid point and that is this. Do Olympic athletes wear orthotics and are there specific orthotics for athletes? You can be assued of one thing. Whether you are an elite Olympian or a casual jogger or even walker, there is an orthotic designed for you and your foot problem.
Arch pain is the same injury in a 100 meter champion as it is in a 3 times a week jogger. The remedy is also the same. Custom made orthotics designed to first alleviate the pain and correct the discomfort.
With the massive training routine of most Olympic Games athletes they are perhaps more susceptible to feet and lower leg injuries such as shin splints or plantar fasciitis. Be assured that they would be wearing orthotics most of the time especailly the track athletes due to the massive forces being exerted on the feet when running and sprinting.
If you have ever followed an Olympian training for their chosen sport you will notice that they do two very important steps in their routine. They all spend upwards of 30-45 minutes doing stretching and warm up exercises and they all step up the training gradually session by session.
Here is why:
We have alll been told to stretch before excersise but how many of us actually do it? Neglecting this part of your fitness regime will almost certainly lead to problems where orthotics will be needed. You have to send blood to all your muscles first to warm them up which will greatly reduce the risk of injury.
Secondly, if you suddenly increase your workload from a casual 1 mile walk to a 3 mile run, you are putting excessive strain on the body. Increase your training gradually to get your body accustomed to the extra load.
Simply doing these two disciplines will reduce your need to wear orthotics for athletes and leave you to enjoy your chosen sport for years, just like your heroes at the Olympic Games in London did.
Orthotics for feet are medically prescribed instruments that are personally made to suit your particular foot problem. Many stores and pharmacies sell over the counter orthotics which could aggravate your condition. If your foot problem is severe, you must consult your local podiatrist/chiropodist in your area for the correct orthotic.
The websites below provide helpful information in regards to foot, heel and ankle ailments.