How We Prescribe Custom Orthotics

The old fashioned way of prescribing custom orthotics started with taking a mould of your foot in a foam box. The impression of your foot then has plaster poured into it, which leads to moulding a thick piece of plastic around the shape of your foot. 

Our method for prescribing orthotics starts with a functional scan of how your feet move and bear weight when you walk. The scan involves walking across a plate with 4000 tiny sensors in it, these sensors measure pressure and timing in minute detail. This motion capture doesn’t only show us the source of pain in almost every instance. It is so intuitive that our patients can usually spot the reason for their pain once they look at it themselves 

Getting this in depth, ‘functional’ view of what the feet are doing forms the basis of our custom orthotic prescription. We believe in correcting the ‘movement’ of the foot as opposed to the shape of the foot, because we believe that most pain comes from the way in which we move. 

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Why We Prescribe Custom Orthotics

Being unable to meet our basic need for sleeping, sitting, walking & exercising comfortably because of pain in the back, hips, ankles, knees and feet can be frustrating at best and very scary at worst.

The topics of pain, injury and physical limitation ultimately come down to our desire for the freedom and happiness that come with the ability to lead an active life.

Orthotics are a tool that have helped millions of people move past exactly the type of stubborn pains that tend to chip away at the fun, freedom and choice that make life enjoyable.

An averagely active person takes in excess of 3 million steps per year. Modern humans do all this on extremely flat, hard surfaces like concrete, tarmac and paving stones. We believe that hard, flat surfaces are as stressful to the bodies joints and connective tissues as sugar is to our teeth.

Orthotics are a way of protecting us from this lifelong strain. The Increased support for the foot that orthotics provide often brings greater ease and freedom to our movements in the long term. The benefits are often felt not only in the feet, ankles and knees but even in the back and hips. Supporting orthotic prescription with correct stability and balance exercises is also very important for good long term outcome !!!

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Who Needs Custom Orthotics?

Knowing whether you actually need custom orthotics or not is an essential step for those of us who wish to resolve stubborn lower body pains. Read our overview of major conditions that may improve with custom orthotic prescription. 

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Custom Orthotics FAQ

Are custom orthotics / foot insoles worth the extra money over shop bought ones?

Most people who try both custom orthotics and shop bought insoles agree, the custom version is significantly more effective in the long term. The most common finding is that shop bought insoles help a bit, and custom orthotics help a lot.

The truth is that if your problems are extremely mild and your shop bought insoles are extremely high quality,  you might find that they present an optimal price vs benefit ratio. If you have had a reasonable amount of pain though,  this pay not prove to be the case. Custom orthotics generally last a lot longer, enable a greater no. of shoe choices and provide greater support for the foot.

How come I feel worse since I put my custom orthotics / foot insoles in?

Most likely explanation is that you have scar tissue in the soft tissues of your foot or some of the small bones in your foot are locked and not releasing.

How often should I wear my custom orthotics / foot insoles?

Try and wear your custom orthotics all the time if you can. Wearing your custom orthotics protects your feet from unnaturally hard surfaces like concrete and paving,  and provides natural arch support. If you are outdoors in bare feet like at the beach you definitely don’t need them then.

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