£25 for dry-cast moulding if requested
Recommended for: clients who need mid-to-long term biomechanical support
They may look like normal insoles, but orthotics are actually precision pieces used to bring your body's musculoskeletal system back into balance. They're not just to support fallen arches but to help control the function and alignment of the foot, as well as provide support and cushioning. You can learn more about arches here.
Your podiatrist may recommend orthoses for more complex issues that are causing you pain.
There's a world of difference between an over-the-counter 'orthotic' brought online and a podiatrist's recommendation. An orthotic is a prescription device that can correct the foot' function along one or more axes at the same time, to compensate for one or more positional problems affecting the muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints of the lower limbs.
Added to this, your feet may require weight and pressure redistribution as well as structural realignment. You may have diabetes or be recovering from an injury, and this will need to be factored in. Ordinary insoles will simply prolong, if not worsen your problems.
This is where professional orthoses come into play. The shape, design and even choice of composites varies immensely depending on the requirements at hand, and even the specialist ones we carry will need to be adjusted for your particular needs. Make sure you follow your Podiatrist's instructions on usage, and give them a wipe with a damp cloth now and then to keep them cleaner for longer.