Different Designs for Different Shoes

17 May 2022

Orthotic designing:

Your prescription orthotic is custom designed within 1mm of your natural foot contour and therefore can only be worn by you! However when your prescription orthotic is in the designing process your podiatrist will take into account any activities you do like walking or sport, your work activity, and your footwear. All orthotic devices are custom made to fit into the shoes that you wear the majority of the time as this will have the most impact on rehabilitation and also increase the preventative aspect of an orthotic.

Why doesn’t the orthotic fit into all my shoes?:

What prevents orthotics from fitting into all shoes is the shoe base. The base of the shoe that is underneath the innersole of your shoe is a particular shape. This shape is different for all shoes unfortunately. While your podiatrist can adjust an existing orthotic to fit into different shaped shoes eg. a sports shoe and a work boot,

If the only way we can fit the orthotic device into two completely different shoes involves grinding away the support of the device down making it less effective, then we will suggest a second orthotic device made for a particular type of shoe.

Slim line orthotics

In the case of a slimmer shoe such as a slip on shoe or a dress shoe, it is often best for a separate pair of devices. In some cases the more slimline an orthotic is the less supportive it may be due to the constraints of the amount of orthotic control we can give. If the option is one orthotic device to go into your sports or work shoes, and then another orthotic device to go into a dress shoe or slip on shoe, then your podiatrist will often create these orthotics with different materials In doing this, your podiatrist will have improved the support of the dress shoe as much as possible without compromising the support of your main orthotic in your jogger.