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Insoles: A Guide On Where To Begin

Ireland. Home to the Wild Atlantic Way, mountain peaks and green open country. There's certainly plenty to go at! But it can be hard to enjoy an active lifestyle if your body is trying to stop you from doing it. Foot and ankle pain, a twisted knee or lower back ache?

Insoles could be the solution to your ongoing pain and discomfort.


Insoles are available from a variety of places such as high street and online stores and professionally from orthotists, podiatrists or physiotherapists. Understandably, it can be difficult to know what treatment is best suited for your symptoms or condition. In this short blog, we discuss the differences between the main types of insoles and provide a brief guide on where to begin.



The Difference Between Stock and Custom Made Insoles


The term stock insoles applies to those that are already pre-designed and are not strictly made for your foot type alone. They are typically bought over the counter to a generic shoe size and are low cost. They traditionally offer low levels of support and are made from softer materials to accommodate many different types of feet. However, they may b helpful to some people who experience mild or acute symptoms.


Custom-made or Bespoke insoles are completely custom-made to suit your specific foot type and give professionals the ability to target areas of support or relief where you need it most. They can be made from different higher-grade materials and tailored to fit specific footwear for work or for sport. This generally facilitates a faster and more effective recovery, giving you the freedom to perform activities with increased function and comfort.


The best solution is always to seek professional help. A professional who has a qualification in orthotics, podiatry or physiotherapy will have the skillset required to determine your condition or injury, your movement (biomechanics), and your gait (the way you walk or run).



Working With The Right Professional


At Allmed Healthcare, our clinicians have undertaken training to the highest international standards having spent years in university and further continuing their professional development afterwards in specialties such as Diabetes, Neurological and Musculoskeletal Disorders and Sports Injury to name some. Our modern assessment and manufacturing facilities allow us to provide the best orthotic solution for you to improve your quality of life.


To find out more about our expert team of clinicians and manufacturing technicians, our pioneering products or our private service, please call 093 33 825.

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