Orthopedic Inserts and You
Orthopedic inserts are highly variable from one person to the next. In reality we re-write the book on these Orthotics once every few years. With changes in tech and science, our understanding of how these products affect your foot is increasing everyday. Because of this, the product must change accordingly.
Regular people and athletes are all starting to use some sort of orthopedic insole. On television and through adverts, we see the talking points perused. There are fancy kiosks setup in the mall and places like Wal-Mart. Unfortunately these are gimmicks. If you don’t have particular conditions related to your feet, then these products would be ok. They would create pressure points, however you can survive that. But if you have Cuboid Syndrome or Plantar Fasciitis(top of foot pain) you may significantly worsen the condition by using these cheap pre-fabricated inserts.
Inserts are measured in gradients. Custom insoles are at the top of the heap, but unfortunately they also cost a good bit. That’s why you see people trying to get away with purchasing Dr. Scholls. They just don’t work. They are made of cheap foam or plastic and are designed to make you feel better about your feet but not actually feel better IN your feet.
Real custom orthotics are designed by a podiatrist. What is a podiatrist you may ask? It’s a foot doctor, plain and simple. These people specialize in supportive devices designed to promote foot health, arch support, and athletic performance. The primary goal of these clinicians is to treat foot ailments like Plantar Fasciitis with things like Plantar Fasciitis Insoles.
A Podiatrist(or in the case of FootMindBody a Certified Pedorthist, which is a house call Podiatrist) examines a scan of your foot. It may be done with a foam box through mail or through the same foam box in person. They use specialized computer software and material to mill out custom orthotics that give a very high level of surface contact and then are let out at certain spots to relieve pressure points, like on the plantar fascia.
With our insoles we guarantee improved foot health or your money back.