Breaking Them InI followed instructions and broke them in slowly - an hour the first day, two hours the second day, etc. And no running in them until they were comfortable for a full day.
While I was able to build up to a full day of wear, they didn't ever feel quite right, for two reasons:
- My big toes could feel the edges of the orthotics and didn't seem to be properly supported.
- I felt like I was walking on half of a golf ball much of the time. Was the metatarsal pad in the wrong place?
Fortunately I had a follow-up appointment already on the books to check the fit, since my doctor told me it was common for them to need adjustments.
Adjustments NeededAs I suspected, adjustments were needed:
- The orthotics were the wrong size. They were made for the size of my feet (4-1/2), not the size of my running shoes (5-1/2). My doctor said that was their mistake and apologized for it.
- While the placement of the metatarsal pad looked correct, it was pretty thick where the metatarsal and dancer's pads overlapped. The dancer's pads were 1/16 of an inch, but the metatarsal pads were 1/8 of an inch. Changing the metatarsal pad to 1/16 of an inch might help.
Back to Breaking Them InI waited 3 weeks for the adjusted orthotics to come back from the lab, and now I'm back to square one in the break-in period. I wore them for an hour yesterday. So far so good.
I'm trying to be patient, but its hard! It's been 3 months since the initial hallux rigidus diagnosis and I'm still at least a week away from being able to run in my custom orthotics. Patience. Patience is a virtue.
If all goes well, I should have some news soon about my racing plans for the fall. Stay tuned!