General Info and Insole Composition
It is important to know the intended usage of the orthotics and the shoes of your patient. This will affect the orthotic type, topcover, and available corrections selected in your design.
Size – The shoe size will correspond with the value that was entered when recording the session. Please note this is in UK sizing.
Usage – The selections include daily use, sport or safety. The choice will affect the recommended topcover, the orthotic types and the available corrections.
Type – Depending on the intended use of the orthotics and the shoes of your patient, you can decide the best type for your patient.
Insole Composition – Top:
Assembly – In this section you can select:
- Length of topcover (either 3/4 or full length)
- Assembled or Not Assembled (topcover material provided unglued)
- No topcover at all
Thickness – Depending on the usage chosen in the first design panel and space in the patient’s shoe, you can choose between 3mm or 6mm.
Hardness – This is the shore value suggested based on the patient’s weight, but you do have the ability to change the value as you see fit.
- Shore 30 (EVA material) – for patients less than 154lbs/70kg
- Shore 35 (EVA material) – for patients between 154lbs-176lbs/70kg-80kg
- Shore 40 (EVA material) – for patients more than 176lbs/80kg
- Shore 20 (PU Soft Material) – can be selected with no weight recommendation
Material – Depending on the shore value that you selected, the material of the topcover will be EVA (shore 30, 35, and 40) or PU Soft (shore 20). A synthetic leather topcover can be added on both the EVA and the PU Soft. Heavy usage or high activity of the orthotics are good reasons to add the synthetic leather option; however, it does add a little bit more thickness to the device with this extra layer.
Insole Composition – Base:
Base – This section determines the size of the printed base. Using the sizing templates (UK sizing) enter the corresponding base size for the patient’s left and right foot. Please see our article Measuring Foot & Shoe Size Using Templates for more information.
Type – This is where you will choose how corrective the base will be (Normal vs. Ortho types). When comparing the normal to the ortho base type, the ortho has a more pronounced correction. It will give more support to the foot and more specifically the heel. For an orthotic that takes less space in a shoe and is more flexible, you can select either the Normal-Slim or Ortho-Slim type. Please note, slim type orthotics are not built with the lattice structure and do not feature all corrections available such as forefoot and rearfoot corrections.
Here is general description of each:
- Normal-slim: Usually no complaints. For patients who have never worn orthotics before or if not a lot of correction is needed. They can be worn in dress or narrow shoes and considered “entry-level” orthotics.
- Ortho-slim: For patients who need support in the midfoot and maybe some metatarsal support. The big advantage of this base is that you can have a correcting base without taking too much space in the shoe.
- Ortho: For patients who need more aggressive correction and support.
- Normal: If none of the above is what you want for your patient, then ‘Normal’ is the typical base to select.
Mediolateral Support (option only available for Comfort types) – This will influence both the width of the base and the height of the medial and lateral edges of the printed base. Options include normal and high.