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Custom Orthotics: What Is the Best Type For Me?

What Are Custom Orthotics?


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Custom orthotics are prescription insoles designed specifically based on scans taken of your feet. They can serve several purposes, including improving foot posture, supporting your arches, and addressing specific foot pathologies.


How Are Custom Orthotics Made?

The process of creating custom orthotics involves several steps:

  • Assessment: Begin with a thorough assessment by a podiatrist. They will inquire about your symptoms, perform a foot and ankle examination to check for a range of motion, muscle strength, and pressure points, and assess your gait often with a video gait analysis. Additional imaging (such as X-rays or ultrasound) may be recommended.
  • Design: Based on your symptoms, foot type, activity level, and footwear preferences, the podiatrist designs an orthotic specifically for you.
  • Handcrafted: Skilled technicians at a state-of-the-art orthotic laboratory handcraft your custom orthotic based on the prescription.

Types of Custom Orthotics

The type of custom orthotic you need depends on your foot condition and the shoes you plan to wear. We often get feedback that patients received orthotics and they could not fit them into their shoes. It is therefore important the podiatrist consults with the patient and explains that different types of orthotics can fit into different shoes.

Here are some options:

  • Full-Length Orthotic: These extend from heel to toe and provide comprehensive support for the entire foot. These typically fit into walking and running shoes and require a removal insole. These can be often EVA foam or 3D printed. These are the most supportive type of orthotic but generally the bulkiest.orthotic blog 2
  • 3/4 Orthotic: These cover the arch and heel, freeing the toes. Ideal for shoes with limited space, for example, dress shoes. These are often  3D printed or plastic insoles to minimise bulk in the shoes.orthotic blog 2 1
  • Slim/Hook Orthotic: Designed for dress shoes, ballet flats, court shoes or footwear with narrower toe boxes. These are always 3D printed or plastic insoles.orthotic blog 2 2

Conditions Treated with Orthotics

Custom orthotics can effectively address various foot conditions, including:

Remember that orthotics are never a standalone treatment; your podiatrist may recommend additional measures such as footwear changes, exercises, or medication.


Investing in custom orthotics is a wise choice for your foot health. Whether you’re an athlete, a professional, or simply someone seeking comfort, these personalized insoles can make a significant difference. Also, keep in mind that different types of orthotics can be used for different footwear and there is almost always a design that can fit into your shoes.

If you experience foot, knee, or leg pain, consider consulting a podiatrist to explore the benefits of custom orthotics. Your feet will thank you!

If you’d like to learn more about how we can help you with Custom Orthotics, please feel free to contact us on 08 7120 6063 or Book Online through our website. We look forward to seeing you at Leading Edge Podiatry (formerly Complete Podiatry Blackwood)!!

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