For 18 years I’ve been a Certified Pedorthist and have been fabricating custom orthotics.
Diabetic Neuropathy has been my primary focus because the problems were obvious and you could see the results fairly quickly, sometimes immediately. I would estimate that 80-90% of the results were
positive, but “Full Length”, Rigid or semi-rigid orthotics” not so much!
Most of these orthotics are functional, (designed to control abnormal motion), which requires the device to be thicker and more of an obstruction in the shoe.
Most footwear sold today rarely has enough room for your foot, much less a thick orthotic! These functional full-length orthotics simply take up too much room in the average shoe which doesn’t allow them to function properly. To illustrate this to the patient, I would have them try on a Depth shoe with the device, and it felt great!
Depth shoes are footwear which has an extra 5/16” to 1/4” more depth from top to bottom, which allows more circumference so the device can function properly. This to me was proof that the device was made properly. The downside was that the customer’s selection of footwear was very limited. What the customer wanted was something to put in whatever shoe they want to wear. Something that worked, and was affordable!
I’ve been selling an over the counter, 3/4” rigid orthotics and customizing them for years.
It dawned on me not long ago that I have had 100% satisfaction, not one complaint yet! The success come from the fact that this device takes up very little space in the shoe. You are not required to pull the original insert out of the shoe! When you do this, it changes the way the shoe fits and functions. With my orthotic, you are not required to change all your footwear, or buy longer shoes to create the room to accommodate the orthotic. This is an “accommodative” orthotic. The orthotic accommodates your foot, and footwear, not the other way around.
Our customized orthotics are placed right on top of the original insert, allowing the shoe to function as it was designed.
Again, if you pull the original insert out of a new shoe, you are changing the way the shoe was designed to fit. If you have a device that is thick in the back, under the heel, this can lift the heel and transfer pressure to the ball of your foot creating unintended problems. A full length insert with a deep heel cup can push your foot forward in the shoe. A ¾ length orthotic made to thick can make the front of the shoe feel tighter. Even a ¾ length orthotic, if too thick, can lift the heel and distort the way the foot sits in the heel seat.
To the average consumer a thicker orthotic means better comfort.”
They think “If I put it in my shoe and it really pushes hard on my arch, it must be effective!” When I ask people who have custom orthotics if they are satisfied, maybe 3% of them without hesitation, say that “they work great!” The most common answer with a lot of hesitation is,” Yeah they are pretty good”. Rarely do folks tell me that they are completely satisfied! I’m not one to suggest changing anything that is working well, but I believe the fact that these devices often carry a large price tag, and are prescribed, some people are reluctant to admit that they don’t work that well.
When one puts a custom orthotic in their shoe, it should feel good immediately!
These are the kind of reaction I’m getting with our ¾ length, carbon fiber. It is about 1/8” thick, and it is molded to the exact shape of your foot! This orthotic being only 1/8” thick, does not obstruct the fit of the shoe, and being thinner, the molding is more detailed and precise resulting in each device, (left and Right) accommodating each foot in detail, as needed! No more, no less. It doesn’t lift your heel which transfers more weight to the ball of the foot. Even thick ¾ length orthotics lift the heel out of the heel seat, distorting the fit of the shoe, thus defeating the whole purpose of the orthotic! It is designed to fit your foot not the shoe.
Our custom orthotic takes up very little to no space in the shoe allowing you to wear any shoe you want.
As long as you make sure the shoe is not tight. It provides a little shock absorption under the metatarsal heads. It is no wider than the bottom of your foot so it will sit flat in the shoe instead of tearing up the lining of your shoe. It doesn’t look like much, but it is very effective, because it works with just about any shoe, as long as it is not tight. Yes Ladies, it will work with some slip-ons, but remember that slip-ons are designed to it tight. If you have had orthotics in the past and are not happy with them, I suggest you try mine! If you are having foot pain this would apply to you also. The best part is the price! $130.00, and you can do this through the mail! Check out our website, www.LilburnShoe.com for more details.