Do you have issues with trying to get orthotics inside your shoes?
Here are a few handy tips to ensure you are getting the most out of your insoles.
- First Remove the Existing Footbed or Insoles
- If the orthotics is too long, trim the top cover from the “toe end” using scissors. Use the footbed or original insoles as your template.
- Rather choose footwear that offers extra depth rather than wider or longer.
- Go for footwear that provides adjustable features. For example, a pair of shoes that comes with buckles, loop-closure straps, laces, or adjustable hooks.
What Is An Orthotic?
According to Orthotic Shop, “Orthotic” is a term that is used for any type of device that you wear inside footwear. The products known as “orthotics” are commonly found at various trade shows, retail stores, and advertised on infomercials. The orthotics are categorized into 3 types. These include AFO ( ankle-foot orthotics), off-the-shelf, and custom orthotics. It is important to know about the 3 different types.
The molded custom foot orthotics offer comfort and protection against injury and pain. The customized orthotics are designed specifically to match up to the shape of your foot, your activity level, and foot condition. These orthotics are made by healthcare professionals or podiatrists.
Orthotics are not designed to fit into every shoe type. You need to find shoes that come with removable insoles and come with added or extra depth. The footwear also needs to feature stiff soles. The majority of the shoes featured on our website come with removable insoles. To ensure you get the most out of your orthotics to protect you against injury and pain you need to wear them whenever you wear your shoes. Yet when it comes to wearing sandals, you may be wondering if there is anything else you can do?
It is possible to find orthotics that fit into sandals. For freedom from having to wear closed shoes all the time, and comfortable feet, we also have sandals on offer that come with removable insoles.
Custom made orthotics designed for sandals offer an easy way to enjoy personalized comfort without having to wear shoes. Sandals are the ideal choice after you have spent many hours standing or walking throughout your working day. Yet, when you take off your shoes, your feet are vulnerable to pain and injuries. In a clinical survey, it was revealed that a group of orthotic patients managed to gain up to 33% of added orthotic “therapy time” when wearing clogs or sandals with their custom orthotics.
The off-the-shelf orthotics, which also go by the name of arch supports, are generally found in sport and retail stores, online shoe stores and pharmacies. These are non-custom devices that are made to offer gentle and subtle support to the foot arch, and also help to evenly distribute your weight across the bottom part of your foot. These devices are also in some cases referred to as “prefabricated orthotics”.
The AFO, which stands for Ankle Foot Orthotic, is a specialized brace that controls how your ankle joint moves and provides support to your feet. The Functional AFO is an AFO type that provides excellent control to both your ankle and foot while providing added comfort and an easier footwear fit when compared to some of the other braces. These custom-made devices combine an attached semi-rigid brace for your ankle with a custom-foot orthosis. This brace is the only type to control ankle joint motion and how both the main joints in your foot move.
There are many reasons why a doctor may recommend this type of brace. In most cases, these braces are used for controlling unstable ankles, severe flatfoot, or an ankle or foot with painful or abnormal motion. In the way of controlling the way the foot and ankle moves, function is usually improved, and pain is lowered.
These unique devices are custom made to fit your ankle and foot, while gently hugging your ankle. This provides an improved fit in footwear compared to most other braces. All the AFOs will necessitate lace-up shoes that are stable, and so do the Functional AFOs. It is advisable to rather buy shoes after you have had your brace fitted.