Custom Orthotics can help greatly reduce foot pain, knee and hip pain and even lower back pain. Our feet are like the foundation of a house – if they are “out of balance” then it effects the rest of the chain up to our spine. Orthotics are not needed by everyone. Often treatment and exercises can be done to help restore better support to the foot. But there are times when the structure of the foot cannot be improved upon enough to off-set the abnormal forces going to the joints of your knees, hips and spine. In these cases a custom-fit orthotic can be quite valuable. Especially for people who are on their feet a lot!
Sole Supports custom orthotics are a unique design in orthotic engineering. Unlike many other orthotics, Sole Supports support the foot and arch throughout the entire gait cycle. The average orthotic provides support for only 10-20% of the time. This fact can be observed through a test called the Fowler test as explained below:
- Hold the orthotic against the arch
- Roll the foot forward up onto the toes (toe off position in walking)
- The orthotic should match up with your arch in this position as well as when the foot is on the ground
Sole Supports orthotics will remain in contact with your arch while many other brands of orthotics will show a space between the device and your foot. If the orthotic is not matching perfectly with your foot through the entire gait cycle, then there is less support provided to the foot and less shock absorption.
Sole Supports have an inherent flexibility providing shock absorption during dynamic activity (jumping, running, etc.).
The orthotic shell is extremely durable and all of the correction is built into the device versus using external posting like many other orthotic brands. The external posting can wear down over time and then the orthotics need to be replaced much sooner.
Sole Supports are the orthotic of choice for the Broncos football team, Pro-Tennis player Andy Roddick and many other high level athletes. They were named to be the best orthotic for an athlete through research conducted at the University of Georgia.
Melinda Couch, PT, has been evaluating and casting for orthotics for over 15 years and has provided Sole Support orthotics for several Olympic athletes!
Our prices are very reasonable: $289 for the initial evaluation, casting and the first pair of Sole Supports. There is a free initial fitting and two free adjustments if needed (most of the time no adjustment is needed). Additional pairs of Sole Supports are $189. Sole Supports come in a normal width and depth that are for tennis shoes, hiking boots,etc. There is no need to buy a larger size shoe – they are designed to fit your feet and shoe size. They are also available in a lower profile, narrower style for men’s and women’s dress shoes.
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