How insoles are made
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Gait analysis and carbon print
Gait analysis allows us to examine your gait cycle in detail and determine the type of orthoses you require. A carbon print will be taken for reference, its gradations revealing the pressure distribution on the soles of your feet. Our specialists are able to interpret this data to design just the right orthotic insole for you.
An impression will be taken of each foot using a foam impression device. The impression is filled with an expanding resin that sets to form an exact mould of your feet, which is the closest possible representation of your foot and far superior to other methods of measurement.
Using the data gathered during the consultation, and working from the experience of making hundreds of insoles by hand, the cast will be finely adjusted so that the final insole provides support where needed. For example, if you suffer from flat feet, a slight arch will be carefully worked into the cast. This gives us a precise and tangible model to refer to for the rest of the process.
Handcrafting the insole
The next step is to sculpt the insole material around the cast to form the basic shell of the orthoses. We use an EVA and cork compound, an ideal combination for both support and comfort. Our unique composite construction, using cork of different densities, allows us to refine the amount of support given to different parts of the foot. Further adaptations are made for complex conditions, all by hand and with meticulous attention to detail.
Finishing the insole
The final step is to apply a lining to the top of each insole. This cover is chosen to suit your particular needs, and offers a comfortable point of contact between the sole of your foot and the main body of the orthosis.