OrthoFeet ® Arch Supports / Orthotics
fitting, best functioning and most comfortable pre-made arch support.
OrthoFeet are the best alternative to custom-made prescription orthotics."
Manufacturer's Product Information:
OrthoFeet ® BioSole-Gel Self-Molding Orthotic
A bladder construction, filled with polyurethane foam and
viscoelastic gel, shapes dynamically to the contours of the foot without
A durable Rubberized EVA foam provides superb cushioning and
even pressure distribution of body weight. If necessary, the orthotic can be
thermo-formed directly to the foot using a Heat-Gun or a toaster oven.
A deep contoured heel-seat, padded with gel, along with a
special recess under the heel alleviate the pressure on the calcaneus and
protects the heel against impacts.
A variety of posts can be easily attached to the bottom of
the orthotic to fine tune the alignment of the foot on site.
A 3/16" orthotic, designed for shoes with removable inserts
or shoes with extra room.
BioSole Women's Dress:
A very thin orthotic for women's narrow flats and High Heels,
specially designed to eliminate the common problem of slipping out of the shoe.
A 1/16" thick orthotic, designed for men's dress shoes and
women's casual shoes.
A 3/16" thick orthotic covered with a soft EVA foam, similar
in its characteristics to Plastazote, but far superior in its durability. It is
ideal for Diabetic, Arthritic and Geriatric patients.
Bi-Laminate customized orthotics are designed to provide the
diabetic foot with ultimate protection, and, at the same time, facilitate the
heat molding process. The orthotics are designed with a deep heel-seat and
an anatomical arch support, constructed individually for each shoe size for
precise support and ultimate comfort. Bi-Laminate orthotics are made of
two layers of thermo-formable EVA foam (heat moldable), which combine easy
molding and excellent cushioning features:
· The upper
layer is made of soft EVA foam, which molds like Plastazote, but is far more
· The bottom
layer is made of 3/16" thermo-formable EVA foam, 40 shore A hardness, for
Which Orthotic / Arch Support Should I Use?
Dr Nelson's comments:
The best fitting and functioning type of arch support is a custom made
prescription orthotic, which can be made by your podiatrist. Generally,
for most people, I recommend trying a pre-made arch support before progressing
to an expensive pair of custom made orthotics. Finding a comfortable and
effective pre-made arch support can be difficult. There are hundreds of
varieties on the market and that can make it confusing for customers. Due
to the variations in people's foot shapes, foot problems and style variations in
different products, there is no "one type fits all" arch support available.
That's why DrNelsonClinic offers different brands and models like
WalkFit and PowerStep to
choose among. Fortunately, for most people, I've found that the
OrthoFeet BioSole gel self-molding orthotics work the best and fit almost everybody.
Among the hundreds of pre-made arch supports I've seen and used, the
BioSole models give the best support and pain relief for people with
plantar fasciitis and heel pain. It's by far my favorite model for
people with heel pain, due in part to the higher arch and shock absorbing
gel under the heel. Be aware that the standard OrthoFeet BioSole "sport"
model is rather thick through the arch and it fits into athletic, work boots and
walking shoes, but may not fit into a shallow shoe, like a dress shoe. If
you want to use the OrthoFeet in a shallow shoe, like a dress shoe, then use the
"thin-line" or "high heel dress" models. The "sport" model may also be too
high in the arch area for people with very flat feet. For elderly or
arthritic people and those that want extra cushioning and softness under the
foot, while still getting extra support under the arch, try the OrthoFeet
BioSole "soft" model. If you don't need extra arch support or heel pain
relief and only want shock absorption and cushioning under the foot, try
the OrthoFeet "ThermoFit" model. After you start using any brand of arch supports,
remember to break them in gradually, because is will take some time for the orthotic and your feet to adjust to each other. I personally use the
OrthoFeet BioSole sport model in my athletic shoes and have found them to be as
effective and comfortable as my expensive custom prescription orthotics.
But, it did take longer to "break-in" the OrthoFeet supports than my custom
orthotics. If you don't have plantar fasciitis or heel pain or if you have
a flat foot and can't tolerate an arch support with a higher arch, but still
want great foot support to relieve foot fatigue and strain, you should also
consider SuperFeet Synergizer orthotics, which are
our most popular arch supports. SuperFeet Synergizer orthotics have
been highly recommended by sports and outdoor publications such as Backpacker™