Off the Shelf Orthotics:

There are generally two schools of thought when it comes to orthotics, one camp says you should be able to strengthen the weak arches in the foot to prevent a foot pronating and then there is the camp who recommend the use of a custom made orthotic to support the foot and problem solved…at costs of normally around €200 – €250.

To be honest I am still not convinced by either, bearing in mind there are people with genetically flat feet and no amount of exercise will help correct that.

So when I see client with a fallen arch that could be contributing to their hip or knee pain I will often recommend they purchase an off the shelf pair of othotics, normally in the region of €35 – €40. In the interim we work on strengthening the intrinsic muscles in the foot.

Admittedly, the off the shelf orthotics you get in your local chemist can be of poor quality in terms of durability and support, they will do a job on a short term basis.

However, having attend the Quadrastepconference I was very impressed with their product and how it would be perfect for elderly clients and those who do not respond to arch strengthening exercises.

The Quardrastep System was designed by Roberta Nole a Podiatrist and Physical Therapist with 20 years experience. Through her research she designed 6 custom made orthotics based on what she feels are 6 foot types, they also come in a narrow or wide versions and on variety of sizes.

The fact these orthotics are off the shelf but specifically designed to 6 foot types, means they can be produced and sold at a fraction of the cost of the custom orthotic and offer the same support and durability as a custom made orthotic.

Check out the Orthotics on my website should you wish to learn more or contact me if you wish to make an appointment for an assessment.