While there are many different options out there for orthotics, there are also many different reasons for needing them. Not all feet are made the same, after all, and as such, neither are orthotics. Whether it’s just for a little added comfort, or you’re needing greater support in a specific area, such as your arches, the options out there are endless and can be a bit overwhelming, to say the least. To help, here are some great tips from Collonil to help you decide which orthotics will be the most beneficial for you.
1: Understand Their Purpose
Different activities may require different styles of orthotics. For example, if you’re looking for something specific to wear to the gym, or other physical activities, you need to get something that will add the support where it’s needed most, and absorb shock with some added cushion. This can make your workouts more enjoyable by reducing foot pain, as well as decreasing the chance for injury due to improper/uncomfortable footwear.
An insole for work, however, or if you’re someone who’s on your feet all day, will be designed for support and comfort to prevent fatigue, and make long work hours more bearable. Orthotics packaging will typically show what activity that particular design is best used for.
2: Decide on the Best Material
There are four main materials that orthotics are made from: gel, leather, foam and cork. Each material has its perks, though it mostly comes down to personal preference.
Foam is good for cushion and support, gel is best for shock absorption, leather is good for slight cushioning and how it feels against your foot, and cork is also good for slight cushion as well as support. In addition to the materials, there are also extra features that some orthotics may come equipped with. Some are meant to help increase airflow to your feet, allowing them to “breathe” better, while others are made to help with odour and absorbing moisture. You can check out our range of orthotics, insoles, foot supports and more in the realm of foot care at Collonil.
3: Always Test in Your Own Shoes
Each shoe is made and shaped differently. Therefore, what feels right and fits great in one shoe may be completely wrong in another pair. This is why it is important to wear the shoes that you plan on wearing with your orthotics when you go shopping, or at least bring them with you, so that you can be sure that you’re purchasing something that will actually work in the intended shoes. Given that there are many different shapes and different materials that orthotics come in, it’s not always as easy as picking any old pair off the shelf.
4: Consult With Your Physician
If you’re looking to buy orthotics for a reason more substantial than simply comfort and extra support, it may be a good idea to talk to your doctor. Especially if you are trying to aid a medical condition, such as planters fasciitis. Your physician can often tell you which type of support to look for to help with certain conditions or concerns. You may even want to consider getting prescription orthotics or having some custom made.