Heat Mouldable orthotics offer a lower cost alternative to custom orthotics. While Heat Mouldable orthotics incorporate a degree of individual modification, they are less precisely matched to your individual foot than custom foot orthotics. As a result, we don’t expect heat mouldable orthotics to be as effective in improving foot function as custom orthotics, but in some cases they may be the most suitable option.
What are Heat Mouldable orthotics?
Heat Mouldable orthotics are an off-the-shelf orthotic that can be moulded using heat, to suit your feet. They are different to the type of orthotics available from chemists (off-the-shelf orthotics), because they can be moulded against your foot for a better fit.
An extensive biomechanical is not performed to fit this type of orthotic. Your podiatrist will manufacture a Heat Moulded orthotic by heating the orthotic and placing it inside your shoe. You would then place your foot inside your shoe and stand on the heated orthotic, which enables it to mould against the arch of your foot. Depending on your requirements, your podiatrist may also make additional modifications by adding wedges and raisers to the orthotics, so that the orthotic better suits your foot type. However, as the initial orthotic is only an approximate measure, these orthotics offer a less precise fit and may not provide the same symptom relief as custom foot orthotics.
Heat Mouldable orthotics tend to be bulkier than other types of orthotics and as a result they generally work best in shoes that have good torsional rigidity. For example, Heat Mouldable orthotics would not be recommended in sandals or dress shoes.