How Do I Know if I Need Orthotics?


A: Between 70 and 85 percent of all people have biomechanical imperfections, yet not all
these people require orthotic control.

Most serious runners who have biomechanical imperfections end up with orthotics out of
necessity. The runner who runs fewer than 20 miles per week will not likely need orthotics
unless they have a serious biomechanical weakness, but for the serious runner any biomechanical
weakness will be magnified ten-fold, with the result being injury.

When a runner gets a series of nagging injuries one after the other, they are probably
caused by a biomechanical flaw and can be corrected by orthotics. Runners who suffer
from chronic knee pain, arch pain, plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, hip and lower back pain and
certain types of muscular fatigue very often benefit from orthotics.

Dr. Michael Perlstein’s podiatry office is located at 4414 14th Avenue in Brooklyn, New York. He serves patients throughout the greater New York City area, including those residing in Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, the Bronx, New Jersey, and Connecticut.

Dr. Perlstein’s office is open Monday through Friday as well as on Sunday.