Hello all. If you've been browsing the boards recently you're sure to have picked up on the fact I've had a few problems with my orthotics. My rheumatologist in Oxford referred me to have casts taken and insoles made for me. The insoles themselves are excellent, and correct my excessive pronation very well. I broke them in quite cautiously as was recommended by the orthotist, but I had some pain in my foot. I was told this was to be expected and would sort itself out. Unfortunately, it didn't and my foot broke
. The problem was then compounded by the fact no-one would believe I could have damaged myself this badly whilst out for a sunday stroll. In the end I was hobbling around on a broken foot for four weeks before A&E reviewed their x-rays and found the fracture and called me back in to be splinted and signed off. I'm now fixed and walking again, and I've gone back to wearing the orthotics. I'm posting here to warn people to look out for a few things when using new orthotics. As my arch is exceedingly pronounced, the arch support is quite high. This means that if I try to walk my normal flat footed duck-like way, I get jabbed in the arch. There is also a wedge under the heel of the insole that tips my feet outwards to stop me rolling my foot in. This means that after 29 years of my feet sticking out at 45 degrees, I had to start walking with my toes facing forwards. This instantly helped my knees, but it also meant that I was transferring weight through my 3rd metatarsal instead of my first one. My third metatarsal was simply not up to the job, and broke. My advice is to treat new orthotic insoles with caution, particularly if they radically change the way you walk. If you get bad pain (we're talking walking-on-shards-of-glass pain here), don't let anyone tell you there's nothing wrong, and don't just carry on walking like a pig-headed idiot
. And if anyone says that there's no way having new orthotics can result in a broken foot, would you mind giving them a slap for me?
Despite all this, I still love my orthotics (actually, I really struggle without them) and my knee is very grateful for them, so don't be discouraged