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What exactly is an 'orthotic'?

An 'orthotic' is a device designed to restore your natural foot function. Many 'biomechanical' (walking) complaints such as heel pain, knee pain and lower back pain are caused by poor foot function. Orthotics re-align the foot and ankle bones to their neutral position, thereby restoring natural foot function. In turn this helps alleviate problems in other parts of the body.

In addition, orthotics give a more even weight distribution, taking pressure of sore spots (e.g. the ball of the foot, corns in between toes, bunions etc) and they provide some shock absorption.

Who needs orthotics?

Any person with a foot problem will benefit from wearing orthotics. It is estimated that over 50% of the population suffer from rolling inwards of the foot and fallen arches ('excess pronation'), which is the major contributing factor to foot problems. As we get older this problem often worsens. An estimated 75% of the over 40's suffer from excess pronation!

People most likely to suffer pronation-related conditions are:

People who are on their feet all day: Factory workers, nurses, teachers, people in retail and in the building industry are required to stand on their feet for 8 hours or more per day! Hard unforgiving surfaces like concrete and asphalt take their toll after pro-longed standing - even in young and healthy people! Complaints most heard are tired, aching feet and legs as well as low back pain.

Women who are required to wear dress shoes with heels (e.g. in retail or hospitality) often suffer from pain under the ball of the foot (Metatarsalgia) and/or aching legs.

High-heel wearers: everybody knows high heels are not good for your feet, but most women will keep wearing them. Common symptoms occurring from wearing high heels are pain in the back of the legs (and long term: shortening of the calf muscles!), Ball of Foot Pain, pain under the arch and the heel. Orthofit Slimfits are specifically designed to reduce discomfort associated by high heeled shoes and sandals.


Can you wear the orthotics during all daily activities?

  • People who stand or walk all day will benefit from orthotics.
  • If you suffer from pain during any form of sporting exercise then orthotics can reduce the pain associated with your condition.
  • For overweight individuals, orthotics will help to counteract the extra stress being placed on the feet.

What specific conditions may be helped?

Below is a list of all the conditions that orthotics can help.

Achilles Tendonitis, Corns, Metatarsalgia, Sesamoiditis, Ankle Sprains, Flat Feet, Neuroma, Tendonitis, Arch Pain,

Heel Pain, Pronation, Top of the foot pain, Bunions, Knee Pain, Shin Pain, Toe Pain

Imbalance in your feet can alter the bony structure of your feet and lower legs, foot orthotics may eliminate posture problems and foot and leg pain.

Do I need a doctor's prescription to order custom orthotics?

No. Orthotics are available in foot care stores and via internet sites. Custom orthotics are orthotics that are especially molded to your feet. These need to be made by a podiatrist and will be very expensive.

Why do I need orthotics?

Imbalances of the bones of the feet can result in abnormal foot motion (over pronation). This can impair foot function which can result in abnormal rotation of the legs and sometimes affects the knees, hips or back. If we combine these tremendous forces with the need for precise balance, we can see how small structural changes in the foot can make significant differences. Orthotics help to improve those structural changes.

If I use orthotics, will I become dependent on them?

No. Orthotics simply allow the muscles, tendons and bones of the feet and lower legs to function at their highest potential.

How long will my Foot Orthotic Last?

Usually between 12 to 18 months.

Does it take time to get used to orthotics?

Your feet need time to adjust to the correct biomechanical (walking) position. Orthotics should be gradually used to begin with. During the first 48 hours of use, use the orthotics for approximately 3-4 hours. After this period of time it is recommended you use the orthotics for 6-8 hours. In the second week of use the orthotics can be utilized all day.


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Dr Foot's Pro Insoles

Dr Foot Pro work wonders on problem-prone feet. They are biomechanically engineered to help relieve over pronation. The contoured shape supports your feet in two directions, both lengthwise and across the arch, for maximum relief of pain and fatigue.

They help reduce stress at key weight points, keep each foot properly aligned and cradle and stabilize your heels. A strategically placed heel insert made of Poron foam absorbs the pounding foot shock of each step.

Dr Foot Pro 3/4 length insoles provide the support you need to insure immediate relief from over pronation.


Provides support and comfort during every stage of walking and running.

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