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Orthotic insoles

For people that suffer from poor mechanics of the foot it can be very uncomfortable and painful. The human foot is made of 26 different bones which are bound together by ligaments and muscles. Biomechanical problems of the foot can cause misalignment which causes stress on these bones and in turn can cause pain to other joints such as the ankle, knee and back which will be feeling pressure from uneven weight distribution. An orthotic is a device that can improve and restore the natural function of the foot; orthotics insoles are particularly beneficial in doing this.

Orthotic insoles vs regular insoles

It is important not to get orthotic insoles mixed up with regular insoles that can be purchased cheaply in supermarkets and similar sports shop and stores. These regular insoles are designed purely for comfort and/or shock absorption. Although they can be very comfortable to wear and feel like they are working to help, they will not get down to or aid in solving the biomechanical cause of pain or ailment that you may be feeling.

Orthotics insoles are specifically designed to alter and optimize the function of your foot to enable even weight distribution across all joints and ease any pain that are being caused to the feet from disorders such as heel spurs, bunions, corns or ankle pains.

Types of orthotic insoles

There are different types of orthotics insoles for different problems. Once such problem that requires the need for insoles, is over pronation or flat feet. This is caused when the arch of a person`s foot has collapsed under weight bearing and can lead to many other problems. If you are suffering from flat feet, it may be wise to see a podiatrist/orthotist for assessment, evaluation and treatment of the problem through prescribe custom made orthotics and insoles.

Custom made foot orthotics are insoles that are made to suit the specific requirements needed to mend the biomechanical problem. Once the problem has been assessed through a range of joint motion tests and gait analysis, an impression and cast will be made of your foot. This is then passed on to an orthortist /podiatrist to fabricate a pair of customized orthotics, with instructions from the orthortist/podiatrist, which is catered specifically to your foot.

Heat moldable insoles are also available which is a more cost friendly way of buying orthotics. Custom made orthotics can be expensive. Heat moldable insoles can be manipulated through the use of applied heat to fine-tuned to your feet. These can be more comfortable than custom made insoles but may not provide as much support in the long term.

Insoles come under five different types, these are:

Rigid insoles- to control movement

Semi-rigid insoles - for athletes and physical activity, providing balance

Soft insoles - to provide pain relieve and ease pressure

Calibrated (customised) insoles - to help flexibility, weight and activity levels

Proprioceptive insoles - provide support by applying a tactile stimulation to the bottom of the foot. In theory, this tactile stimulation transmits a signal to the cerebellum (the balance center of the brain). Acting on this signal, the cerebellum initiates a postural correction affecting the entire body. It neutralizes the body to a more upright balanced gait posture; therefore allowing the body to move in a more balanced posture.

Orthotic insoles can be purchased over the counter as-well without prescription and can be easily slotted into orthopedic shoes that cater to the specific used of such devices. However, commercial/normal shoes may not be able to cater excess space for insoles except the foot.

Our Service

We offer a range of custom orthotic insoles for different problems and requirements:

Dynamic foot orthoses for children

The extremely thin and flexible Terraflex foot orthoses suitable for use in normal shoes

A vast range of different orthopaedic foot orthoses made from plastic-leather, cork-leather and different soft-foam materials

For enquiry, please contact our clinic:
Orthogait Scoliosis & Limbs Centre (Novena Medical Centre)
Tel: 6250-1566


It generally takes five working days for us to complete a pair of custom orthotic insoles.

Children or teenagers wearing custom insoles to treat flat foot problem are advised to made appointment with our consultant for follow-up as their growth may require frequent modification to the insoles for good fit. Depending on situation, the interval between follow-ups can be between 3 and 6 months. Consultation fee applies.

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