Let’s clarify some common misconceptions surrounding orthotics and foot care:
Orthotics is the profession
Orthoses is what we work with to help you.
Orthotics are not insoles
Orthoses are the externally applied devices used to modify the structure and characteristics of the skeletal system.
Orthotics are for feet
Orthoses do not just cover foot issues; orthotics is a term that is also used for all bracing and splints.
Orthotics are for seniors
Orthotics will be helpful for anyone experiencing foot pain, leg pain, strains and aches, lower back pain, poor balance or poor circulation, regardless of age.
Orthotics are hard and can be painful
Correctly fitted orthoses will never increase your pain. Depending on what you need, your orthoses will be as soft or as firm as required to assist with your recovery. We will adjust them to fit comfortably.
Foot orthoses make your feet dependent on them
Your feet do not become dependent on them. Custom foot orthoses provide essential support in key areas that improve function and/or limit excess motion that can otherwise cause stress to the foot.
Off-the-shelf insoles work the same as custom-made ones
Off-the-shelf (OTS) devices and insoles bought from a retail store, sports shop or pharmacy range from small gel heel cups to full-length memory foam insoles with various padding, support, and materials.
The biggest difference is that none of these insoles considers your individual needs, nor are they made to properly fit your foot.
They are also soft, shock absorbing and provide little arch support. Orthoses, although similar, are custom designed and are made for a specific issue you may have.
Custom-fitted orthotics are more expensive
Correctly fitted, effective orthoses will save you money in the long-term, as OTS devices typically have a shorter life span, may aggravate your condition and more than likely will be totally ineffective.
Orthotic footwear is bulky and unfashionable
Customised footwear does not have to threaten your fashion sense; we stock an extensive range of modern orthotic leisure, casual and dress shoes, for men and women.
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