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Orthotics - Proper Fit

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PROPER FIT: Shoe buying

Ensure all insoles are removable. This applies to sports type shoes. Shoes with flat leather insoles do not require removal of the insole.


Remove or cut out any elastic band attached to the tongue of a sport shoe. This can interfere or pop the orthotic out of good alignment as you walk.


PROPER FIT:  Orthotic placement in the shoe

Dr. Stark’s Custom Orthotics have a semi-rigid shell that flexes when you walk.  This is important because your foot flexes as you walk.

In order for that shell flex to occur, the orthotics must fit inside your shoes with space (approximately 3-5mm) between the orthotics and the tip of your shoes.

To ensure this proper fit, first remove the insole of the shoe.  Put your orthotic on top of the removed insole for measuring purposes.

The orthotic should be approximately 3-5 mm shorter than the insole under it.

This 3-5mm deficit will allow the extra room needed to prevent jamming the toes when running or walking down stairs or hills.

To verify a proper shoe fit at the shoe store:

After sizing the orthotic on top of the insole, put the orthotic into the shoe without the insole.

Stand on one foot & lift the other foot off the ground. 
There should be approximately 3-5 mm of space from the end of the big toe to the end of the toebox of the shoe on the weight bearing foot.


Look for sports shoes that are NEUTRAL and have NO MOTION CONTROL. You do not want technology that has been built into the shoe interfering with your custom orthotics.
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Dr Steven D. Stark - Podiatry, Orthotics, Sports Medicine - Vancouver, White Rock