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Orthaheel orthotic insoles

Updated on October 11, 2011
Orthaheel Insoles
Orthaheel Insoles

The feet have evolved to provide exceptional cushioning for the body, however the muscles, ligaments and tendons are best suited to walking in soft ground. As the heel strikes, soft ground provides cushioning for the heel absorbing the impact force. As the foot moves through the walking cycle the ground gives way underfoot and stretches the muscles allowing the plantar fascia to work as a natural shock absorber. However things go somewhat awry on harder surfaces such as concrete and tarmac which has no “give”, and shockwaves are sent up the legs aggravating the joints.

Hard surfaces cause the feet to overpronate, or roll over when walking, a problem which affects up to 70% of people. When the feet pronate, the arches of the feet flatten and are required to work outside of optimal conditions. This interferes with movement of the ankles, knees, hips and back and can lead to pain.

Developing a solution

The problem was all too apparent to Phillip Vasyli, a leading Australian podiatrist, who had long been treating aches and pains of his patients by developing custom orthotics to fit inside their shoes. The shoe inserts were costly to make and time consuming to develop, however by altering the angles and position of the feet whilst walking, they were remarkably successful in reducing pain not just in the feet and legs, but throughout the body. He decided to set about developing a cheaper alternative to the custom orthotic, and developed Orthaheel, an over the counter treatment based on the shape of an average foot.

Orthaheel orthotic insoles realign the foot and improve the posture. They reduce the forces acting on the feet and in turn, the rest of the body. The feet are the only parts of the body which are in contact with the ground, and are required to support the whole of the body weight. By using Orthaheel orthotic insoles the forces affecting the feet, ankles, knees, hips and back are reduced, providing important pain relief.

Orthaheel pain relief

Orthaheel helps to eliminate foot, ankle, knee and lower back pain
Orthaheel helps to eliminate foot, ankle, knee and lower back pain

Orthaheel Insole size guide

The Orthaheel Insole range offers pain relieving insoles for all shoe types and all foot sizes. Use the size chart below to work out the insole size you need

Scholl Size Guide for men

Size 1 – 2.5        XXS
Size 3 – 4.5        XS
Size 5 – 6.5        S
Size 7 – 8.5        M
Size 9 – 10.5      L
Size 11 – 12.5   XL

Scholl Size guide for women

Size 1.5 - 3        XXS
Size 3.5 - 5        XS
Size 5.5 - 7        S
Size 7.5 - 9        M
Size 9.5 - 11      L

The Orthaheel orthotic insoles range

Due to the excellent benefits of Orthaheel inserts, foot care experts Scholl teamed up with Phillip Vasyli to produce a range of insoles and inserts to offer support and help prevent pronation of the feet. The range was developed to fit all feet and be inserted into all shoe types. They provide superior pain relief, cushioning and correction for the feet and are designed to last for up to 12 months before replacement is advised. Whether pain is caused by posture defects, sports, diseases or even high heeled shoes, Scholl have a product to match.

Choosing the correct orthotic will help to eliminate pain from overpronation, reduce the painful symptoms of diseases such as osteoarthritis and diabetes, and can improve well being throughout the whole body by making small adjustments to the walking gait and alignment of the bones and muscles in the feet.

The insert and insole range is available for men and women, with six styles geared to different shoe types and designed to help reduce pain in specific areas of the lower body.

Orthaheel regular insoles
Orthaheel regular insoles

Regular Orthaheel Orthotic insoles

The standard insole to reduce pronation and provide support for the heel and foot arches

  • ¾ length insole
  • Reduces pronation and stresses in the feet, legs and lower back
  • Ideal to ease pain under and at the back of the heel, knee pain and lower back pain
  • Supports the heel and the foot arch
  • Suitable for use in most shoe types
  • Stays in place without glue
  • Left and right insole included
  • Sizes: XXS, XS, S, M, L, XL

Orthaheel Gel Inserts
Orthaheel Gel Inserts

Orthaheel Gel Heel inserts

Ideal for heel pain and easing symptoms of plantar fasciitis, and can fit in all shoe types

  • Relieves pain under heel and in the back of the heel
  • Elevates the heel and holds it in position
  • Reduces forces acting on the plantar fascia
  • Reduces stress on the Achilles tendon
  • Suitable for any shoe style
  • Stays in place without glue
  • Left and right insole included
  • Sizes: S, M, L

Orthaheel Workforce Insoles
Orthaheel Workforce Insoles

The Orthaheel Workforce range

If you spend all day on your feet, this insert helps to provide the right level of cushioning for the whole of the foot, including the toes.

  • Relieves pain under and at the back of the heel
  • Relieves knee pain and some lower back pain
  • Reduces pronation which leads to pain
  • Reduces stress to the feet, ankles, knees and lower back
  • Support for the entire foot, including the toes
  • Suitable for wide shoes such as work shoes, sports shoes and boots
  • Stays in place without glue
  • Left and right insole included
  • Sizes: XS,S, M, L, XL

Orthaheel Slim fit for high heels and narrow shoes
Orthaheel Slim fit for high heels and narrow shoes

Orthaheel slim fit inserts

Designed for narrow shoes, high heels and stilettos, custom developed for the female foot.  If your feet are a total mess after a night in your spikes, this insert could well be the answer.

  • Relieves heel pain and burning in the ball of the foot
  • Great for tired and aching feet
  • Helps prevent hard skin and callus formation
  • Support for the ball, heel and foot arch
  • Reduces pressures which lead to pain
  • Runs to just behind the toes
  • ¾ length insert ideal for shoes with a narrow toe box
  • Stays in place without glue
  • Left and right insole included
  • Sizes: XS,S, M, L

Orthaheel Sports Insoles
Orthaheel Sports Insoles

The Orthaheel sports orthotic

The ideal insole for jogging, running and most sports. Provides shock absorption for the whole foot and prevents side to side movement of the foot.

  • Relieves pain under heel and in the back of the heel
  • Eases knee and metatarsal pain, and some lower back pain
  • Motion control to prevent lateral movement of the foot
  • Reduces pronation and stress to the joints
  • Full length insole to support the whole foot
  • Suitable for wide shoes including sports shoes and walking boots
  • Stays in place without glue
  • Left and right insole included
  • Sizes: XS,S, M, L, XL

Orthaheel Shock absorber
Orthaheel Shock absorber

The Orthaheel Shock Absorber

The super shock absorbing insole, perfect for high impact sports to combat pain throughout the lower body and back

  • Relieves pain under heel and in the back of the heel
  • Eases knee and metatarsal pain, and some lower back pain
  • Ideal for high impact sports
  • Shock absorption for the whole length of the foot
  • Reduces pronation which leads to pain
  • Support for the whole foot
  • Suitable for wide shoes
  • Stays in place without glue
  • Left and right insole included
  • Sizes: S, M, L, XL

Where to buy Orthaheel insoles and inserts

All of the inserts have been clinically proven to reduce pronation, to aid the movement of the feet and target heel and ankle pain.

In the words of Phillip Vasyli, podiatrist and creator of Orthaheel, "It is my experience that many common aches and pains occur from poor lower limb alignment. Pain relief can be natural and affordable for everyone."

Scholl Orthaheel Insoles are available to UK customers from Scholl UK

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