Well, I didn't either... but when I was given a chance to test a pair of the new Tommie Coppper Sport Orthotics, I eagerly accepted.
I am really fortunate in not having a history of problems with my feet... but over the years I do think that the fatty, soft pads on the balls of my feet have diminished somewhat and I find myself searching for thick, comfy socks more and more often. I do notice the impact when I run and have had some tenderness occasionally. After reading some information about the Sport Orthotics I knew that I wanted to give them a try.
These orthotics do provide a nice comfortable cushioning. And I agree that they definitely provide some shock absorption. There was a noticeable difference in my comfort level when running on the streets and sidewalks in my neighborhood.
They also have soft top cover made from patented Copperguard to help prevent odor, bacteria, and fungi on the orthotic. Great idea! Who wants a smelly orthotic? Not me, and I know you dont' either.
I have been wearing these orthotics in my gym shoes and also in my running shoes... I find them extremely comfortable and have noticed a difference not only when I run, but when I happen to do jumps and plyometrics on the carpet-covered concrete floor in our fitness room.
I simply chose my size and when they arrived, slipped them into my shoes. The underside....
I would urge anyone looking for an off the shelf orthotic to check them out. You can read about the Sport Orthotic as well as the Memory Foam Orthotic on the Tommie Copper web site.
Do you use orthotics? Do you experience any foot discomfort on your runs or during your workouts?