Rita Horváth - ski instructor

You should think about your feet while doing sport

Healthy feet not only bear the extra strains of sport for longer but also help protect against potential painful conditions that can develop in the foot and other parts of the body such as waist pain and hip pain. So it makes sense to have our feet looked at and to wear good orthotic insoles in order to avoid problems like these.

The Podiart foot check by computer reveals static problems such as fallen arches, flat feet and leaning ankles, which are in the background of potential complaints. The examination lasts 5 to 10 minutes. Based on the image generated, custom orthotic insoles are made, which are ready in about 10 days. It’s good to know that nobody’s feet are the same, so wearing someone else’s orthotics will do more harm than good.

As someone who does sport in their free time and as a ski instructor, I know from personal experience how important healthy feet are. Often, when I was working, I felt a strange, repetitive stabbing sensation in the middle of my sole. I knew the time had come for orthotics. That’s when I turned to Podiart Kft, where I met very kind, well-informed specialists. After I got my first pair of orthotics, it transpired that the type I had ordered could only be worn in my wider shoes. So I needed another pair that I could use in my ski boots and sports shoes. I tested this pair cautiously too, as it is important to gradually increase use by an hour each day so as not to overburden the feet and to allow time to adapt to the sensations. Wearing orthotics was an unusual feeling at the start. You have to get accustomed to the different supporting points. The new sensations disappear after a while and the feet get the support they need.

In trying out the new orthotics I realised that a few changes would have to be made so I could use them in my ski boots. By this I mean trimming the orthotic insoles to the right width. It’s worthwhile devoting time to getting them just right. You need to be patient, trying them out at home and when doing sport. The end result is bound to be good and useful. Podiart were always eager to help, so I can recommend them to my fellow sportsmen and women with a clear conscience. Since I have finalised my bespoke orthotics, I’ve never gone anywhere without them.

Rita Horváth

PE teacher, PE teacher for special needs children, recreation and sports organiser, and qualified ski instructor (Federation of Hungarian Ski Instructors)

Banko Zs.

I’m not a sportswoman. I only run for fun. I started taking regular exercise when my second child was a year old and I got stuck on running in May last year. Why? Well, as a mother with young children it seemed the easiest thing. I thought that it doesn’t need anything extra. All I have to do is run. Then I realised that it’s not quite so simple. The shoes really do matter. When I managed to run a real distance and not only a short way, I began to feel that the shoes I wear do matter. My transverse arches started aching around the 5 to 6 kilometre mark. I bought myself a pair of real running shoes, but not in a specialist shop – there aren’t really any out here in the countryside – but they weren’t right for me at all. So I went to see the doctor, who told me I had fallen arches. No problem, that can be fixed with insoles. But not in my case. Then someone recommended me a modular insoles and I soon ordered my first pair of orthotics for my ordinary outdoor shoes. When I first looked at them, I was really surprised. What were all these humps and bumps? I didn’t like the look of them 
Still, I thought, I’d give them a try. At first they pressed everywhere, which was very strange, but I quickly got used to them. Then Podiart brought out new orthotic insoles specifically for runners and there was no question that they were worth trying. The first time I ran in them I went further than recommended because I simply forgot that I was wearing them. Luckily, there was no negative effect. I’m sure that having worn orthotics in my ordinary shoes for 2 months played a part in this. My feet no longer hurt and I don’t even notice that I have insoles in my shoes. I enjoy running and I have just done my longest distance yet, going round Lake Velence. Thanks for making running a pleasure for me.

Osztatni M.

As a 62-year-old, relative beginner triathlete, I need all the help I can get for longer distances  At some distance one body part or another – maybe the feet, calves, waist, bottom or hands – lets me know about its presence and this can pretty soon turn into a painful nightmare.
As a triathlete, I do two sports in shoes. I must say that I didn’t need to bother about my feet at all when doing the Ironman. They didn’t tell me they were present. Even after cycling 180 kilometres, I didn’t get cramp. In fact it seemed that the orthotics drove my legs harder. I used the lightened, that is the holey, type. Although my feet had a touch of numbness around 190 km on the Tour de Pelso, a 200-km route around Lake Balaton, there was no problem on the 10 km cooling down.
At first the orthotics were very odd when running. The different elements to correct the deformity of the feet were not comfortable. But after running the first kilometre, I felt that the bones in my feet settled into place and I ran fluently, and even my back didn’t hurt (anyone over 50 will know what this means ;-). My ankles were relaxed and easily coped with the unevenness of the road. I feel most of the positive changes in my ankles. With my old insoles, my ankles started hurting after 4 laps round the Island (1 lap on Margaret Island = 1/8 marathon) and they were unpleasant for two days. With my new Podiart orthotics, I’m simply tired, but there’s no pain. At my age that’s no mean thing!
I’m really pleased I found this company and their products.
I hope that one of the things these orthotics will enable me to do is to take part in Ironman triathlons when I reach the 3rd veteran age group for 70 to 74 year olds.

Erdely Zs.

To try and completely get rid of my heel pain, I persuaded myself to put my faith in orthotics again.I had two pairs of orthotic insoles made – for training shoes and race shoes (these were even more specialised) – which I put in my shoes last week. Until now I’ve been breaking them in, walking in them, and that was fine. Then, today, I wore them for my morning run and so far I feel positive about them. Naturally, I don’t expect a miracle, though actually I wouldn’t mind one, but I think my heels feel more comfortable. I know this will happen gradually, but one thing is sure: compared to my other insoles that were made in March and April, my Podiart orthotics are space technology.
So I can honestly say that I recommend them to anyone who may be uncertain about orthotics and suffers from foot problems. Until now they’ve done the trick for me, and this can only mean they’ll be good in the future too. Now I feel I have a real chance to beat my heel pain.
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