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March 18, 2010

When it comes to the subject of orthotics, I defer to a more knowledgable source, Dr. Romanov the creator of the POSE running technique.  As I have been asked a lot about orthotics, I thought I would share with all of you his professional perspective;

It doesn’t seem to go away and people constantly ask the same questions. People want simple answers. Nobody is listening to the reasoning about the use of orthotics. So I am going to write in a simple way as much as possible.

My recommendation is to stop wearing them. Return them and get your money back, and start thinking differently about this matter.

According to Dr.Lyle J.Micheli (The Sport Medicine Bible, 1995, p.p.121-122), orthotics are shoe inserts designed to correct some abnormalities, such as flat feet, high arches, feet pronation and as a treatment for the ITB (iliotibial band) syndrome and knee pain. According to medical community beliefs, orthotics are providing:

  • arch support for athletes with mild fallen arches
  • support for the long bones of the midfoot, the metatarsals
  • heel support through a wedge in the heel, which can help reduce the strain on the calf muscle – Achilles tendon unit

What do I think think about orthotics?

I think it is not the right solution for these problems. It is a lazy approach. It is a temporary artificial support, instead of development of one’s own body and one’s own skills of movement, the athlete is given a cane as an invalid, which eventually lead to more weaknesses and problems.

Why they don’t work?

Orthotics don’t work, because they deprive muscles from performing their specific functions by substituting for their work. Orthotics do not teach us to move proper and they deteriorate our perception of movement.

Why people should stop wearing them when starting with Pose?

When starting with Pose people start relying on the proper development of their body, muscles and perception, where any artificial devices would interfere with their process of learning the proper movement.

Next week we’ll continue on this subject: Orthotics: How to stop wearing them and make a smooth transition to better running?


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