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Q1: What are orthotics?
Orthotics, also known as orthoses or footbeds, are custom shoe inserts. Their purpose is to create a solid, anatomically correct foundation for the body. Essentially, orthotics bring the ground up to us. In doing so they align us in a stronger position by compensating for slight defects in the feet. Every single model is custom made from a computerized impression of your feet.
Q2: Who wears them?
They are used by almost all athletes, from the recreational level to top professionals. Additionally, orthotics are worn by everyday people simply looking for comfort in their shoes, and, children may also require the use of orthotics.
Q3: Why do I need orthotics?
Orthotics are preventative medicine. Everyone can benefit from the use of the device whether the goal is to help alleviate pain caused by a medical condition or to simply add comfort to a shoe.
Q4: What conditions do they help alleviate?
Orthotics are commonly prescribed to help with hammer toes, heel spurs, metatarsal problems, plantar fascia problems, short-leg syndrome, foot instability, bunions, diabetic ulcerations and numerous other problems. They also help to minimize shin splints, back pain and strain on joints and ligaments.
Q5: What if I do not currently have any foot pain? Should I still consider them?
Yes. As mentioned above, orthotics should be thought of as preventative medicine.
Q6: What type of preparation goes into making them?
Our process starts with the production of a computerized 'dynamic' gait analysis of your feet as opposed to 'static' casting of your feet in what is referred to as the "neutral position." After the gait analysis is completed, a determination is made to which materials are best suited for your situation, taking into account your activity level and the intended purpose of the shoes you plan to put them it. The product is then "posted." This process helps to keep the orthotics (and thus your feet) stable in an anatomically correct position. The orthotics are then finished with a grinder to ensure that they match the client's needs exactly. Upon completion, the orthotics are then placed in the client's shoes, replacing the standard foam "sock liners" usually sold with most shoes.
Q7: What makes your orthotics different from those made by others?
What sets our orthotics apart from almost all others is the proprietary semi-rigid material we use for construction. We employ a special polymer with a rigidity of between 35-60 durometers. A durometer is one of several measures of the hardness of a material. Hardness may be defined as a material's resistance to permanent indentation. This material is firm enough to hold the joints of the foot locked in a correct position, yet soft enough to absorb repeated impacts like those incurred when running long distances on pavement.
Q8: I purchased a set of orthotics from a podiatrist some years ago. They are very rigid and unsuitable for running and other sports activities. Is your product like this as well?
Absolutely not. No, the products we create are 35-60 derometer. Which means the posting can hold the foot in proper position with comfort. And in doing so, creates absorption throughout the body and flexibility.
Q9: What models do you offer? How are they different?
We offer orthotics for everyday casual shoes, dress shoes and specifically for various sport activities such as golf, skiing and running. We also offer a special line designed for "occupational athletes" (police, fire, and military) and for diabetics. The design and/or materials used for each product vary substantially depending on the intended use.
Q10: What is the approximate lead time for each pair?
The orthotics are finished and available approximately 7-10 business days after the initial appointment.
Q11: What is the approximate lifespan of each pair?
The life span of our FootMaxx orthotics varies between 18-24 months, depending on level of use. Many of our clients own several pairs. This extends the lifespan of the product substantially, in addition to preventing the wearer from having to move the orthotics around when switching shoes.
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