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Off the shelf insoles


'Off the shelf' insoles also known as prefabricated or non-casted orthoses, are ready made shoe inserts that are manufactured on mass to fit a generic foot type.

What are 'off the shelf' insoles?

'Off the shelf' insoles are devices which are placed inside the shoe to provide the arch of the foot with a degree of support and allow weight along the bottom of the foot to be distributed more evenly. Unlike custom made orthoses, a cast of the foot does not need to taken when using prefabricated insoles.

Who would 'off the shelf' insoles benefit?

Using 'off the shelf' insoles can be particularly beneficial for the following groups of patients including;

  • Patients suffering from plantar fasciitis
  • To prevent ulceration in diabetic neuropathy patients
  • Patients with deformity
  • Patients with forefoot pain (metatarsalgia)
  • Individuals suffering from runners knee
  • Patients with mortons neuroma

How are 'off the shelf' insoles assessed?

When assessing the effectiveness of 'off the shelf' insoles in the treatment of a patients main presenting complaint, the podiatrist will look at various different factors including patient satisfaction, pain levels, the degree of ulceration present and functional ability.

What are the benefits of 'off the shelf' insoles

The following are some of the benefits associated with the use of 'off the shelf' insoles;

  • They are less expensive than custom made orthoses
  • They are effective when only moderate foot correction is required
  • Adaptations can be made to the insole according to the patients needs
  • These adaptations can often be made chair-side if required
  • They are easily available and therefore there are minimal waiting times

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