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What are Custom Foot Orthotics?

Posted by Taryn Kelly on 4/8/2014 to Plantar Fasciitis Information

Customized foot orthotics are custom-made to fit your foot’s unique shape and size in a standing position. They are meant to replace existing replaceable insoles in shoes if you suffer from an atypical gait, flat feet, pronated feet, supinated feet, unstable feet, or diabetes. They are also helpful for runners who are looking to avoid a sports injury. 

These devices are about the size of an insole inlay and can be made by a podiatrist for about $600-$800 a pair. That’s about the cost of five state of the art running shoes or big brand stilettos. That’s a LOT of moolah, especially for a product that does have an expiration date (custom orthotics last about a year). Fortunately, there is another way.

Best Insoles offers, for a more realistic cost of around $100, a few custom foot orthotics through ArchCrafters, purveyors of custom comfort insoles you can create yourself in a couple of easy steps in the comfort of your own home. All of our three ArchCrafter products carried on Best Insoles have been given by our customers 5 star reviews across the board. 

Here’s how it works: when you place your order for an Arch Crafters custom insole, you will receive a “Footprinter box” that opens like a book; inside is filled with soft memory foam that you step into to create an accurate and one-of-a-kind imprint of your feet. Simply send the box (postage prepaid) to ArchCrafters, and in about 15 business days, your custom-fit insoles will arrive. Your new custom insole is made from Ethylene Vinyl Acetate (EVA -- a rigid, non plastic athletic-approved material) with specially tailored densities, specific to your foot.  The base of the insole is firm and supportive. The customized shape will support the entire foot, from the tip of the toe to the back of the heel. The insole is topped with a comfortable and shock-absorbing leather-like material that offers just the right amount of compression. 

Custom orthotics, like the ArchCrafters Custom Fit Full-Length Insoles are perfect for any shoe (like running shoes) that do have a removable insole. ArchCrafters are relatively thin, and will fit over an existing insole that you cannot remove with ArchCrafters  ¾ Length Custom Fit Insoles; or, you can buy the shoes a half size up to fit an existing, full-length custom orthotic. For athletes and runners, there is an ArchCrafter for you, too! Check out the Custom Fit Men's / Women's Runner's Full Length Insoles, they are only a little bit different than the other ArchCrafters custom orthopedic insoles: The base is firmer --  especially around the sides -- and the 3 mm top layer is made out of neoprene nylon so it not only prevents blisters, but also won’t absorb and hang onto sweat (gross).

If you need another custom insole from ArchCrafters, no need to worry -- the company keeps your information on file and can send you more insoles without the wait process. How cool is that? According to their official website, ArchCrafters are durable -- with a two year life expectancy. If you love to run but haven’t found a pair of sneaks or insoles that will keep those nasty shin splints at bay; keeping you off the bench, try custom foot orthotics. They may change your athletic life.

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