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Types of foot orthotics- A quick glance for the designs

6 designs of foot orthotics

Painful feet, bunions, heel pain, flat feet, high arched feet, foot deformities, or back pain? You might probably need a orthotic. But before that, do you know what designs to choose from? There are design specially for certain foot condition, let’s have a quick look!

Orthopaedic insole designs

Longitudinal arch support
Longitudinal arch support
Tarsus supination.
Tarsus supination
Metatarsal arch support
Metatarsal arch support
Longitudinal and metatarsal arch support
Longitudinal and metatarsal arch support
Cup-shaped heel support with longitudinal and metatarsal arch support
Cup-shaped heel support with longitudinal and metatarsal arch
Tarsus supination, metatarsal arch support
Tarsus supination, metatarsal arch support

Which design is for me?

While having a normal arch supported orthotics can help in redistributing the forces putting onto your feet, having the right design of the orthotics based on your conditions can reduce your pain and symptoms effectively. On the other hand, you are taking a risk of worsening your condition if you buy without seeking professional advice.

Which brand I should buy?

The orthotics shown above are by Qmed care, and there are many different medical graded orthotics available on the market. It is sometimes frustrating when you want the best product for you but there are so many choices. Here I suggest you to see a podiatrist, or you can always go online to do research and read the reviews or my review here.

Why do I need to see a Podiatrist?

Foot types

Put it simply, podiatrists are foot and ankle doctors. When we are sick, we go for doctors; when our feet have problems, we go for podiatrist. They are specialized in this field and are able to provide thoroughly check for your condition, giving the right treatment for you. There are a bunch of process to check whether which orthotics design is best for you. For example, walking patterns, feet types, feet shapes, footwear choices, body alignments, leg length difference etc. Although they will have their own preferences on the brands of the orthotics, they are satisfied with the brand.

Let the experts be experts

I know it is time and cost saving when we self-treat our pain and aches, however it might be the other way round. Living painless is priceless, so let the experts be experts. Get the best foot care from podiatrist.





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Orthotics Reviews- You pay what you get?

Buying Orthotics Online Reviews

So you or your family have one of the conditions such as plantar fasciitis, bunions, flat feet, Mortons Neuroma, or painful feet in general; and knowing that having orthotics is the way to resolve the condition. Now the question is: what and where you should get you orthotics. I recently bought two pairs of kids orthotics from EBay, and I compared them with medical graded orthotics.

Cheap and good quality orthotics- Do they ever exist?

Cheap orthotics insole for kids
No they don’t. Look at the first one I got from EBay. It was described as Children Kids Insole Pad – Orthotic – Shock Absorption -Foot Correction, the price was AUD 3.59. Cheap! But clearly the seller did not understand the word ‘orthotic’.

Wikipedia defines orthotics as ‘provide support for the foot by redistributing ground reaction forces as well as realigning foot joints while standing, walking or running.’ The ‘orthotic’ above has no supporting arch that would help to redistributing forces or realigning your feet. But, it is shock absorbent as it is cushioning.

Here is the arch support orthotics- Do they give the right support?

Orthopedic Orthotics Arch Support Shoe Insoles Inserts For Children

The second pair I got was :Orthopedic Orthotics Arch Support Shoe Insoles Inserts For Children, AUD 3.78. It is super supportive, that can definetely redistributing forces or realigning your feet, but might be in the wrong way. You would not know how your feet should be supported, only podiatrists or physiotherapists would be able to fit your orthotics professionally.

Medical Graded Off the shelf kids’ orthotics

There are many off the shelf medical graded orthotics available, and with dfferent designs too. This is a 1/2 length children’s orthotic with 3 degree medial rear foot post, the price is AUD 21.10. Although it is off the shelf orthotics, it is heat mouldable to certain degree. That is, it can be moulded to your feet. Sounds good? It also mentioned it is for clinicians use only. These medical graded orthotics should only be given out by health professions, such as podiatrists. We should not try to be our own doctor to self-treatment. The truth is, we do not need orthotics unless we have symptoms or pain in our feet.

Customized Orthotics by Podiatrists

Customized orthotics

Would you let dentist to check your eyes? Nope. Then, seek podiatrists for your orthotics. Do you know there are different designs of orthotics that provide instant relief for different kind of pain? However, wrong choice of orthotics would only like putting salt onto your wounds.

But it costs hundreds of dollar!

Yes it costs around $600-$700 or more for a pair of custom-made orthotics. Do you know why?

  • It fits to your feet
  • It requires techniques and knowledge
  • The materials are plastics that will last for many years

And one more thing, your podiatrist will help you to fit the orthotics into your shoes and make changes if there is any discomfort.

Go online or what?

I would recommend seeking for profession advise before you buy any of the orthotics, or maybe you don’t even need orthotics! Who knows. Find out how orthotics can help with your pain here. Once you got your first pair of off the shelves orthotics, you can always go online to search for the same pair of the orthotics. But you miss out the part that your podiatrists will continue to monitor your conditions and make any alteration for your orthotics. We always pay what we get, right?





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Orthotics Inserts/Insoles for flat feet, high arch feet, heel pain and bunions

Orthotics for flat feet, heel pain and bunions

The function of Orthotics
Orthotics are a medical device which is often utilized by health professional like podiatrist in supporting and realignment a person’s body postures. There are two main types of orthotics; over the counter generic orthotics or customized orthotics. Depending on the conditions, the purpose of having orthotics can be different. This post will explain how orthotics inserts/insoles can help with the conditions of flat or high arch foot, heel pain and bunions.

Orthotics for flat foot and high arch foot

For kids: If your child’s arch development is atypical for their age, such as flat foot or collapsed arches, or your child has other neurological or development conditions affecting the lower limbs and foot, it is important that your child’s foot alignment issues are treated early in their development. This would help to encourage normal development while preventing further deformity via reducing abnormal forces on the foot, ankle, knees, hips, pelvis and spine over the years of development.

For adults: If you have an established excessive pronation (flat foot) or overly supinated foot (high arched); depending on the conditions; you might be experiencing different pains and aches, ie: Plantar fascitis (plantar fasciosis), heel pain syndrome; Morton’s Neuroma; Achilles tendinopathies; bunion deformity as so on.

Orthotics for heel pain syndrome/plantar fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most commonly encountered foot condition in a podiatrist practice. The prevalence of the condition was 2/10. That’s about 4-5 millions of the Australian’s population suffering from the condition daily. Pain is often presented first step in the morning and upon prolonged resting. Pain is often found upon palpation on the medial of the heel portion. Plantar Fasciitis is often presented secondary to tightness in the plantar fascia structure as well as the calves muscles on your legs. Pain is presented due to over used injury and degenerative state of the fascia structure. Hence, proper use of supportive orthotics and shoes are a vital step of the treatment to reduce the stress loading to the fascia.

Orthotics for bunions

Bunion is an enlargement of the joint at the base and side of the big toe. Bunions are not hereditary- but, inherited bad mechanics are an underlying cause. Bad choice of footwear such as high heel and pointy shoes could be the cause too. Pain maybe felt in the big toe joint, together with a lump that enlarges with age. Left untreated the big toe will increasingly deviate until it overlaps or underlaps the 2nd toe. Pain, discomfort and difficulty wearing shoes may be experienced due to deformity. Arthritis and stiffness in the joint can also develop. Before it is too late, this can be treated with correctly fitted orthotics to realign and control the foot. Orthotics when molded to your foot limit the effects of pronation and prevent further development of the bunion. Having said that, orthotics can slow down the bunion deformity, it is not possible to cure the bunion, it has to be done through surgery.

Best shoe to accommodate orthotics

Running shoes are the best shoes to put orthotics

Finding the right shoes are difficulty when it comes to using an orthotics daily. The shoes are needed to be wide enough; deep enough; and stable enough to accommodate for the orthotics. Very often the shoes were way too flexible and unstable for the orthotics. Let me ask you; would you ever built your house on a slumpy or a muddy grounds? No ! right? . You would find a good flat ground with solid and stable foundation prior to the construction. Similarly,; you would need to have a good supportive shoe to accommodate the orthotics. Click here to read on the recommended orthotics friendly shoes and top 3 sandals for women.

Having said that, most running shoes are the best shoes to put in orthotics.

However, there are way too many types of orthotics are available in the market, how then can we as a consumer, know which one suits us more in treating painful aching foot?

The best place to get orthotics is from a Qualified Podiatrist

why the necessity?

  • Podiatrists are trained to prescribed medically graded orthotics for your needs
  • Proper assessment of your foot and body alignment and function as a whole.
  • Helps you to understand the cause of the foot problems.
  • Podiatrists can also provide treatment plans accordingly to further assist with your foot condition
  • Podiatrists can also modify the orthotics to suit your shoes and your foot

After doing some mystery shopping at different chemist shops, most of the over the counter orthotics sold were not the ideal orthotics for you as they simply doesn’t provide sufficient control and support. 

Orthotics with no support

Henceforth, save up your money. Rather than spending on an orthotics over the counter randomly; it would be best to see a podiatrist who can advised and help you with your discomfort.

In doing this; it will help you not only to save money but also to get back on your foot in a much shorter period.

Hope the information helps you to understand a little about the functions of orthotics. Over the counter orthotics are cost-efficient, but in some cases custom-made orthotics can be more helpful.