Sole Support Orthotics vs. Traditional Orthotics
How are Sole Support orthotics different from traditional orthotics?
Traditional custom orthotics are designed to function based on 40 year-old technology and are somewhat effective, but not an optimal method, for providing support to the foot. A traditional orthotic will not provide contact throughout the arch area. Early orthotics were too rigid and uncomfortable in the arch area. So doctors and labs reacted by lowering the arch a bit and adding a wedge beneath the heel. By changing the position of the heel, it helped create a better arch without the device pushing up into the arch. It was more comfortable, but this “varus wedge” caused the patient to walk more on the outside of the foot than they were supposed to. Later on, flexibility was incorporated into orthotics. However, any flexibility built into the orthotics was only based on the weight of the patient, irrespective of the patients degree of foot flexibility.
Sole Supports changed the thought process in the way we want the foot to be supported. These orthotics provide full contact with the entire bottom of the foot, including the arch, to provide maximum support to the arch and distribute the weight evenly across the entire bottom of the foot. They are very comfortable because they are flexible enough to allow normal movement of the foot, yet stiff enough to provide the right amount of support. They are calibrated to deliver the exact amount of support and control that your foot needs. We know that two people may weigh the same, but one may have a more rigid foot, while the other may have an extremely flexible foot. They need a different amount of support and control. We are now able to provide this custom amount of motion with Sole Support orthotics.