Not all orthotic devices are made the same and therefore can have varying results. A runner’s feet and lower extremities should be examined with a proper comprehensive biomechanical examination by a certified professional to ensure that the device is properly prescribed and made. Examinations should include a biomechanical exam a gait analysis, and check current footwear.. This sometimes doesn’t happen for runners and the wrong type of orthotic can be issued. Like anything else, a bad experience can lead to a bad recommendation, as in the case of some running magazines. As a runner myself, provided the correct steps have been taken, I’ve seen how orthotics help reduce injury, increase speed and endurance.