Just like a fingerprint, every single person’s foot is unique.
Our feet were not designed to walk on concrete. Exercise and sports on hard surfaces magnify the negative effects resulting in soreness, joint fatigue and injury. CuraFoot insoles absorb that force before it can reach your body.
Many people don’t realize these benefits only come if the insoles properly fit. Poorly fitting insoles can place your feet in unhealthy positions, impairing foot function and mobility and negatively affecting overall body alignment. They are uncomfortable, can cause pain and bruising to the arches – leading to further complications. This is more so for people with Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy.
Buying an inexpensive prefabricated insert off-the-shelf cannot equal the quality and health benefits of a custom orthotic insole. In many cases these sock liner style inserts can serve to worsen foot conditions.
A true custom orthotic insole is made from an actual foot impression, capturing the contours of each of your feet. Commonly referred to as an “orthotic” this orthoses provides support for the foot by redistributing ground reaction forces as well as realigning foot joints while standing, walking, or running.
According to a clinical trial (Chantelau and Haage), participants with diabetic neuropathy and a history of foot ulceration, wearing protective shoes for >60% of the daytime reduced ulcer relapse rate by 50%.
Everyone can benefit from custom orthotic insoles. Orthotics do more than support your feet. They help realign skeletal structure to a relaxed neutral position to relieve foot, leg, and back stress. They also help restore balance, increase endurance, alleviate foot fatigue, and prevent a vast array of foot problems.
Custom orthotic insoles support the foot and align the joints, reducing stress on tendons and ligaments caused by the higher demands of athletes.
Some of the conditions and the recommended Orthotic devices are listed below in a table:
|Diagnosis||Recommended Orthotic Device* (these are indications only)|
|Bunions||Shoes with a wide toe box; soft, seamless uppers, stretchy shoes; “bunion shield” type pad|
|Corns and Callus||If located on or between the toes, a toe separator may be helpful.|
|Cavus Foot (rigid high arch)||Soft orthotic cushions to distribute pressures evenly|
|Flatfoot (adult)||No device needed if there are no symptoms or pain. If there is pain or aching, a semi-rigid insert or long arch pad, inner heel wedge or extended heel counter may help.|
|Flatfoot (Child)||No special orthotic device or shoe treatment is indicated. Most infants have flatfeet, and 97 percent will grow out of it.|
|Stiff Big Toe (Hallux rigidus)||Full-length prefabricated stiff insert, Morton extension inlay, or rocker bottom sole|
|Hammer toe or claw toe||Shoes with a wide or deep toe box to accommodate the deformity; toe crest|
|Forefoot pain (metatarsalgia)||Wide shoes, pads or bars under the bones of the forefoot (metatarsals)|
|Limb length deformity||Custom-made full-contact orthosis|
|Morton neuroma||Shoes with a wide toe box, metatarsal pad positioned over the neuroma|
|Neuropathic ulceration (such as with diabetes)||Full-contact cushioned orthosis, extra-deep or custom shoes, rocker bottom sole to reduce pressure on foot|
|Plantar Fasciitis(heel pain or heel spur)||Prefabricated heel insert made of silicone, rubber or felt|
|Runner’s painful knee)||Full-length, soft, prefabricated sport orthotic inlay to reduce stress and turning inward of the foot (pronation; flatfoot)|