The Development of a Shoe Orthotic to Reduce Running-Related Injuries

Hannah Bruno

Abstract

In any year, 65% of all runners will be injured and 50% of these injuries are new. The cause of these injuries can include a wide variety of different possibilities, but the primary focus of this project to learn and understand more about shoe insoles and orthotics, how shoes work, and the science of barefoot running. In this study, 20 participants were selected to test out three different insoles. Each participant received a pair of insoles and wore them while completing a work-out three times a week. This same process was repeated for all the insoles and for the control week (running in their normal shoes without provided insoles). At the end of each week, the participants were asked to complete a short survey which included a 1-5 scale rating of overall enjoyment and satisfaction. A rating of 5 would indicate the runner's week was painless and enjoyable, while a rating of 1 would indicate the runner experienced a lot of pain and discomfort. Each insole's weekly data is analyzed and plotted onto a bar graph to visually compare the overall satisfactions. The insole with the highest rating average will then be further studied to note what is different about it in comparison from the other pairs of insoles (i.e. studying the insole's design, materials, form, etc.). Only two out of the three insoles have been tested thus far. The three brands tested are: Spenco Ironman Performance Gel, Messaging Insoles by Envelope, and LEGACY Memory Foam Shoe Insoles. The first two insoles tested were Spenco Ironman and Messaging Insoles by Envelope. The control week's average rating was 4.294 out of 5, Insoles by Envelope was 2.667 out of 5, and the Spenco Ironman insoles rating was 4.158 out of 5. As of now, the Spenco Ironman insoles are in the lead with the highest rating, only 0.136 off from the control week. Because the Spenco Ironman insoles rated so close to the control week, they will be highly taken into consideration when personally designing insoles.

 
Apr 16th, 8:45 AM

The Development of a Shoe Orthotic to Reduce Running-Related Injuries

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In any year, 65% of all runners will be injured and 50% of these injuries are new. The cause of these injuries can include a wide variety of different possibilities, but the primary focus of this project to learn and understand more about shoe insoles and orthotics, how shoes work, and the science of barefoot running. In this study, 20 participants were selected to test out three different insoles. Each participant received a pair of insoles and wore them while completing a work-out three times a week. This same process was repeated for all the insoles and for the control week (running in their normal shoes without provided insoles). At the end of each week, the participants were asked to complete a short survey which included a 1-5 scale rating of overall enjoyment and satisfaction. A rating of 5 would indicate the runner's week was painless and enjoyable, while a rating of 1 would indicate the runner experienced a lot of pain and discomfort. Each insole's weekly data is analyzed and plotted onto a bar graph to visually compare the overall satisfactions. The insole with the highest rating average will then be further studied to note what is different about it in comparison from the other pairs of insoles (i.e. studying the insole's design, materials, form, etc.). Only two out of the three insoles have been tested thus far. The three brands tested are: Spenco Ironman Performance Gel, Messaging Insoles by Envelope, and LEGACY Memory Foam Shoe Insoles. The first two insoles tested were Spenco Ironman and Messaging Insoles by Envelope. The control week's average rating was 4.294 out of 5, Insoles by Envelope was 2.667 out of 5, and the Spenco Ironman insoles rating was 4.158 out of 5. As of now, the Spenco Ironman insoles are in the lead with the highest rating, only 0.136 off from the control week. Because the Spenco Ironman insoles rated so close to the control week, they will be highly taken into consideration when personally designing insoles.