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What exactly is an 'Orthotic Insole'?

An ‘orthotic insole’ is a device designed to restore your natural foot function. Many ‘biomechanical’ (walking) complaints such as heel pain, knee pain and lower back pain are caused by poor foot function. Orthotic Insoles (or shoe insoles) re-align the foot and ankle bones to their neutral position, thereby restoring natural foot function. In turn this helps alleviate problems in other parts of the body.
In addition, orthotic insole give a more even weight distribution, taking pressure of sore spots (e.g. the ball of the foot, corns in between toes, bunions etc) and they provide some shock absorption.

Who needs Orthotic Insoles?

Orthotic Insoles benefit people with foot pain or discomfort due to walking imbalance (biomechanical complaint). Imbalances such as Flat feet, heel pain, knee pain and shin pain all cause injury and discomfort and could be treated with Orthotic Insoles.

Can you wear the Orthotic Insoles during all daily activities?
  • People who stand or walk all day will benefit from Orthotic Insoles.
  • If you suffer from pain during any form of sporting exercise then Orthotic Insoles can reduce the pain associated with your condition.
  • For overweight individuals, shoe insoles will help to counteract the extra stress being placed on the feet.
What specific conditions may be helped?

Below is a list of some of the conditions that Orthotic Insoles can help with:

  • Achilles Tendonitis, Corns, Metatarsalgia, Sesamoiditis, Ankle Sprains, Flat Feet, Neuroma, Tendonitis, Arch Pain,
  • Heel Pain, Pronation*, supination*, Top of the foot pain, Bunions, Knee Pain, Shin Pain, Toe Pain
  • Imbalance in your feet can alter the bony structure of your feet and lower legs, foot orthotics may eliminate posture problems and foot and leg pain.

*Excessive pronation or supination causes many problems with the feet, legs, knees and hips. Orthotics may prevent injury or deformity from occurring or halt the progression of existing problems and allow healing to occur.

Note: These custom-made orthotics are not intended for use by people with severe foot deformities, people with ulcers of the feet or people that have a history of neuropathy of the feet. Please see your podiatrist or foot & ankle doctor for prescription only orthotics.

Why do I need Orthotic Insoles?

Imbalances of the bones of the feet can result in abnormal foot motion (over pronation). This can impair foot function which can result in abnormal rotation of the legs and sometimes affects the knees, hips or back. If we combine these tremendous forces with the need for precise balance, we can see how small structural changes in the foot can make significant differences. Orthotic Insoles help to improve those structural changes.

What type of Custom Made Orthotics do you recommend?

Both support and comfort are a factor. Our podiatrist at CuraFoot Clinic will evaluate your gait, posture & foot and arrive at the right customized orthotic for you.

Will the Insoles fit into shoes or sandals?Where can I get Sandals for Orthotics?

The custom insoles can be fitted perfectly into your existing shoe, provided they are the right shoe for you. Bring your shoes when you meet our podiatrist so they he can evaluate the shoe and ensure the insole fits into it perfectly if required.

If you prefer to wear sandals or slippers, sometimes, the orthotics may not fit into them. You can then choose from our wide range of sandals and slippers which have been specially modified to fit the appropriate customized Insole.

If I use Orthotic Insoles, will I become dependent on them?

No. Orthotic Insoles simply allow the muscles, tendons and bones of the feet and lower legs to function at their highest potential.

Does it take time to get used to Orthotic Insoles?

Your feet need time to adjust to the correct biomechanical (walking) position. Orthotics should be gradually used to begin with. During the first 48 hours of use, use the orthotics for approximately 3-4 hours. After this period, it is recommended you use the orthotics for 6-8 hours. In the second week of use the orthotics can be utilized all day.

How are custom orthotics manufactured?

A scan or reverse mold of your foot impression is taken after your foot is assessed. Depending on the insole that is selected they are individually machined out of specially tailored densities of Ethylene Vinyl Acetate, carbon fiber or a very durable plastic material. We finish off this foundation with a variety of topping materials. Each finished insole is hand sanded to fit into the desired shoe.

I know that my right leg is shorter than my left leg by 1/4", can you accommodate this difference?

Leg Length differences between the right leg and the left leg go unnoticed in many patients. This causes changes to the standing posture and your feet have to pronate more in order to accommodate this length difference during walking. This can result in pain in the Achilles tendon or back pain while standing. This can be corrected with the orthotic and result in pain relief.

Will your product fix flat feet?

Our product should improve comfort for the vast majority of our customers. Flat feet can also result in other painful conditions later, proper treatment and the proper use of Orthotics can prevent these conditions in the future.

I received orthotics from my doctor. What is the difference between your custom insoles and the orthotics I bought from a shoe store?

The answer runs all the way from “not much difference” to “completely different”. If you bought the insoles because you had a painful condition, then customized insoles can make a world of difference as they are completely customized to fit the contours of your feet and have specific features added onto them by the doctor to correct your gait. However, if you do not have a medical/painful condition, then they may not feel any different. However, the long term benefits are better when our podiatrist carefully assesses your feet and prescribes the same.

Can you make adjustments to my orthotics if I have a prescription or know what I need?

Yes, we have a list of standard adjustments that we can make if you have a prescription from a certified medical practitioner specifying what will help you.

Would Orthotic insoles help my diabetic foot treatment?

Our diabetic model would be the proper choice for you. This insole is designed to minimize the risk of pressure points on the undersurface of the foot. Please be aware that the insole is only as good as the shoe it is placed into. We cannot assume liability for any long term adverse effects of our products on people’s feet. Please use good judgement. If you have any ulceration, open wounds, discomfort or discoloration of your feet, please seek immediate medical attention. Diabetes is a serious medical condition and all suffers should be under a doctor’s supervision.

I have very widefeet, can you make an insole to match?

Yes we can. However, you must have shoes of the proper width. This is one of the reasons that we ask you to bring your current shoes when you come to see our foot care specialist

Can I wash the insoles?

The insoles can be machine washed cold, however we suggest hand washing cold as the topping materials often become tattered in the machine. Do not place them in a heated dryer!