I was running with my friend yesterday and she told me the saga of her recent bout of foot pain. It wasn’t a terrible pain, but it bothered her on occasion and she decided to go get it checked out. She booked the first appointment she could find with whatever sports doctor was available at the large industrial hospital complex in our city. While she waited the couple weeks for her appointment the pain receded, but since it took a while to get the appointment she decided to go anyway. During the exam she felt no pain as the doctor examined her foot and he could find nothing wrong, but he still gave her shoe inserts and told her to try them out and come back to get fitted for custom orthotics.
I couldn’t believe this! She had no pain, he found nothing wrong and still he prescribed orthotics? This seemed insane to me, like giving someone a pill despite no evidence of illness. Her story got me wondering whether this is normal. So I thought I’d ask you!
Has a doctor pushed orthotics on you? Have you refused orthotics? Or have orthotics actually helped you? We want to know. What’s the deal with orthotics!