Flexibility / Hardness.
The Copythotic™ orthotic has several possible construction materials with infinite combinations. It can literally be as flexible or as solid as we opt to make it. It is also easily adjusted right up to the final stage of manufacture, allowing for a ‘fitting’ if required.
The amount of flex that an orthotic plate has is very important in determining potency versus comfort. In our podiatry clinic, we often hear patients say that, although their orthotics solved the original problem, they don’t enjoy wearing them. Perhaps it pushes up too much in the arch or the hardness may cause discomfort at the end of the day. It is easy to understand how this can happen. When prescribing an orthotic, it is quite usual for we podiatrists to make a strong, potent device that we feel sure will provide enough foot control to stop the initial pain. After all, wouldn’t it be even worse if you paid for an orthotic and found that it was easy to wear but didn’t help your problem?
There are, however, plenty of valid reasons why an orthotic might not need to be made to 100% potency every time. For example, you may need the orthotic you have for your daily run but need a whole lot less in the shoes you wear to the office.
In deciding how ‘hard’ to make your Copythotic™, we would routinely consider your age, fitness, weight, activities, work surfaces, foot problems, duration of pain, severity of symptoms, footwear and how you responded to previous orthotics. We would also invite your opinion. We can tell you volumes about feet in general – but there are things about your feet that only you can tell us.