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Insoles and Orthotics: Q&A with Head of Podiatry

How much do you know about the insoles in your shoes? Or maybe, you just need some extra information before purchasing the right one!

Not only do insoles provide much needed relief for foot, ankle, and back pain, they provide a wide range of benefits aimed on aligning feet into a healthy position when standing, running, and walking.

We caught up with our Head of Podiatry, Rebecca Cornthwaite who answered a few key questions for us regarding insoles and orthotics.

Q&A with Head of Podiatry, Rebecca Cornthwaite

What is an orthotic/insole?

Orthotics are used to treat foot problems such as plantar fasciitis, bursitis, tendinitis, diabetic foot ulcers, and pain in the foot, ankle, and heel. The purpose of an Orthotic is to realign the foot and assist in its normal function. As well as improving lower limb conditions an Orthotic will help achieve a good body alignment helping you to maintain

Can all insoles be adjusted to size?

Not all insoles can be adjusted, our 3/4 length orthotics can’t be adjusted but full-length ones can often be trimmed down to fit a shoe if they’re a bit too long.

What are the benefits of a ¾ insole?

They are much more versatile and easier to fit in a variety of footwear as they tend to be slimmer and take up less room in the shoe, plus they can help with certain foot conditions which require more flexibility in the toe joints.

What are the benefits of full insoles?

Full insoles tend to have better cushioning for people who are on their feet a lot and will be better at protecting the ball of the foot as well as supporting the arch.

What are the best insoles for wide feet?

The ¾ Length orthotics is probably the best, but for feet which are over a D fitting (wide feet) we’d recommend the Prostep or Equiflex which can be fitted by one of our podiatrists instore or failing that a custom made orthotic will fully fit the contours of your feet if needed.

What are the best insoles for flat feet?

All insoles with an arch support will help flat feet, but if you've not worn them before then it is best to start off slowly and build up usage.

What is the life span of an orthotic/insole and how often you should change them for the ultimate benefits?

Usually 9 – 12 months for an off the shelf orthotic, although this varies according to lifestyle, how often you wear them, weight bearing activities etc. Usually check the resistance on the arch after 9 months and if you find it presses down easily with pressure from your thumb, then it’s probably time to change.

Free Orthotic Assessment at a Shuropody Clinic

Our free foot assessments are always available in-store. Your appointment with one of our Foot Care Assistants comprises of a total foot, skin, and nail condition overview. The arch and foot type will also be assessed, and recommendations will be given on whether a treatment is required from our Podiatrist or one of our orthotic insoles. Find out more at your local Shuropody clinic.

Have you read our guide to insoles? Find out more here.

Shop our wide range of insoles, designed with innovative technology alongside our HCPC registered podiatrists here.

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