Do orthotics really work and why is G8 different? This is something we are asked all the time.
And the answer is…
Yes, without a shadow of a doubt, we believe orthotics work to put the foot into a better position, which alleviates pain. A carefully chosen orthotic will maximise the effectiveness of the foot and reduce the workload on other parts of the body.
However, there’s a vital piece of information missing from this equation.
There’s a difference between insoles and orthotics.
So what’s the difference between insoles and orthotics? Well, an insole is generally a band-aid approach to sore feet. They are often found in chemists and sport stores and are designed with comfort in mind.
They are usually made of some type of silicon or rubber or something squishy. These provide temporary relief (sometimes) and do not attempt to address the cause of the pain. People usually go from brand to brand searching for something that works.
How do orthotics work?
Orthotics, on the other hand, are generally prescribed by a podiatrist. These range from high-density EVA to hard plastics and a mish-mash of the two.
I once saw a triathlete who could barely walk and had a plastic orthotic with the heel of a ladies’ sandal nailed to the rear. It’s fairly obvious this was not working for him.
An orthotic is designed to inhibit all foot movement. Orthotics are sometimes prescribed using a foot scanner or plaster cast.
DID YOU KNOW: The majority of foot ailments are caused by atrophy or inflammation of the plantar muscles. Atrophy is caused by under use of the muscles and inflammation is caused by overload of the plantar fasciia. Overload of the fasciia is generally caused by underperformance of the underlying foot muscles.
By wearing an orthotic to inhibit all foot movement, we actually exacerbate the underlying cause of the issue. Add to this the task of casting the foot in a particular position, which in itself is a problem. If I went to a physio with a knee ailment and they told me they could cast my knee in a fixed position for the rest of my life I would think they were crazy.
But this essentially is how a cast orthotic works (and why orthotics are different to insoles).
The G8 2620s encourage the foot to flex and splay, which passively exercises it when being used.
The best thing about our orthotics is that adjustments can be made to the 2620s as the foot’s musculature responds to enable maximum effectiveness of biomechanical movement of the foot.
Changes in nerve and synapse response will also be affected and G8s can be adjusted to accommodate for this.
The aim of the 2620 is to encourage the foot to move naturally and keep every moving part moving at their optimum levels.
This is the secret to our orthotics, how they work and why people keep choosing them over other brands time and time again.
What you can do next to make sure orthotics work for you…
Get the right orthotics. The G8 orthotics are one of a kind and designed to allow you to run, cycle and play sports as close to nature intended as possible. They have been designed that way.
Our network of fitters and medical professionals offer their own expertise and a personal fitting service to help you with performance and decreasing injuries.
As stand-alone businesses these fitters offer their own guarantees and fitting support too. Please contact your fitter directly if you have any product or fitting questions. Use the search facility here to find the nearest fitter to you: https://www.g8performance.com/authorized-fitters/
Otherwise, choose your specific G8 Orthotics here Link https://www.g8performance.com/products/
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