PROFESSIONAL ARTICLE ON OTC (SHAM) INSOLES VS CUSTOM INSOLES
7 clear pointers by Orthotics Lab Singapore
1. Is your feet type the same as my feet type?
Your feet type and my feet type are different. It is not just the shape of the feet but it encompassed the walking alignment from feet to knee. Looking at the feet alone is equal to ignoring the rest of your leg. Try walking without your ankles and knees for a start.
2. Is your left foot the same as right foot?
Sham/ prefabricated orthotics also prove inefficient for patients with left/right asymmetry or with feet which are not of a classical form or size. Look at your left and right thumb-- Are they of equal size?
3. Materials – Adequate level of control is important
Many people buy insoles for comfort. That is the top reason for consumers. The curvature and density profile of the insoles are extremely crucial. The type of materials used by clinicians is dependable on the level of control required on the feet. The softer the material, the lesser is the control. Your feet is hurting for a reason; simply thinking that wearing softer insoles (your current shoes' shoe inserts) will make your feet comfortable is like saying that if you choose to walk lesser, you will experience lesser pain. The pain is not due to walking for long periods. It is because there aren't adequate support for your feet. If your feet is not supported properly, it will signal through clinical symptoms of pain and inflammation.
4. Arch Type – Very Flat, Mild Flat, Normal, High Arch, Very High Arch
Some OTC insoles come with arch. Low, medium, high arch type. This allows the consumers to self diagnose their issue and put the responsibility on them. While it is morally right to be responsible for yourself, acknowledging the lack of expertise and knowledge will help you in this case. Arch type is just one piece of the big puzzle. You may have more than 1 type of issue such as pronation, supination, in-toe, out-toe problems.
80 percent of our clients feet has different arch height between left and right feet.
5. Seeing a specialist
Choose an orthotics lab that engages healthcare professionals. We do.
6. Local custom insole manufacturer (Very Important)
Choose a reputable one. Do your google research. Choose one that is affiliated to the hospitals or healthcare professionals. Choose one that has the widest type of medical grade materials and has the best results. It is often the most affordable in terms of long term costing.
7. Add ons to your custom insoles
Custom made insoles accommodate adds on such as metatarsal pads, blocks, heel aperture and many more. That is something the pre-fabricated and sham insoles cannot perform.
Key note: The biggest advantage of using custom-made orthotics is the individualized approach to correcting biomechanical faults, along with the excellent, personalized fit.
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