Here are a few useful tips from Currex Insoles to ensure you are using insoles properly.
- First, remove the existing footbed or insoles.
- Trim the top cover from the toe-end using scissors if the insole exceeds the length of your shoe. Use the original footbed or insole as your template.
- Choose a shoe that has extra depth and not wider or longer.
- Choose shoes that you can adjust. For example, the shoes that come with an adjustable loop and hook closure, laces, buckles, or straps.
What Is An Orthotic?
Orthotic is the term used for devices that are worn inside shoes. Products called “orthotics” are advertised in infomercials, sold at trade shows, and retail stores. These orthotics come in 3 main types. These include ankle-foot, off-the-shelf, and custom orthotics. It is important to know the difference between these different types.
The custom-molded orthotics offer protection against injury and pain. These orthotics are designed specially to match up to your type of foot, your activity level, and foot condition. Custom orthotics are designed by healthcare professionals or podiatrists. Orthotics are designed to fit into just about any shoe. However, it is still important to choose shoes that have added or extra depth along with removable insoles. Your shoe should also feature a stiff or rigid sole.
Most of the shoes featured on our website provide removable insoles. To ensure your orthotics are providing ample protection against injury and pain, you should be wearing them all the time. But, with summer just around the corner, is there anything you can do?
You will be happy to know that it is possible to wear Currex insoles in sandals too! For extremely comfortable feet, we also provide sandals with removable insoles.
Custom orthotics made for sandals provide a way to enjoy customized comfort without having to wear closed shoes. Sandals are often a preferable choice when you have spent the entire day on your feet. Yet when you are not wearing shoes you are also not wearing your orthotics. Clinical surveys prove that patients that require orthotics gain up to 33% more therapy time with their orthotics when they wear clogs or sandals that come with customized orthotics.
Arch supports also known as off-the-shelf orthotics, are commonly found in sports stores, online shoe stores, retail stores, and just about every pharmacy. These are non-custom devices made to offer gentle support to the arches of your feet and assist with spreading your weight evenly across the bottom of your feet. These devices are also called “prefabricated orthotics”.
An AFO or Ankle Foot Orthotic is a specialized brace that assists with controlling the motions that your ankle joints make while providing your feet with support. The Functional AFO is one of the AFO types that provides superior control for your ankles and feet while providing an easier shoe-fit and more comfort when compared to other braces. These devices are custom-made for your ankle and foot. They are a combination of a custom-foot orthotic that comes with a semi-rigid attached ankle brace. This is the only brace that can control ankle joint motions and controls the motion of the 2 major joints in your foot.
There are various reasons why a doctor may suggest this type of brace. More commonly this brace type is used for helping to control an unstable ankle, severe flatfoot, or feet or ankles with an abnormal motion that causes pain. When these motions are controlled, foot function starts to improve and this helps to reduce pain.
These unique braces are custom-made to fit both your ankle and your foot so that it “hugs” the ankle comfortably. It also fits into a shoe better than most of the other braces. However, all AFOs will require a lace-up stable shoe. It is better to buy shoes after you have your brace fitted.