מכון אורטופדיThe insole inserted into a shoe changes the body's weight load on the feet by supporting soft tissues, changing posture, absorbing shocks, reducing pain and improving comfort.
There are a number of methods for gathering data to prepare insoles that are optimally suited to each customer:

a. Computer method
With this method, the patient stands on a surface equipped with sensors, to obtain a two-dimensional image of tread in static mode. Afterwards, we can provide pre-manufactured shelf insoles, according to step load distribution results and two-dimensional images obtained, or, alternatively, preparation of a new insole more accurately matched to the foot.

b. Shelf method
With this method, the insole is pre-manufactured according to a template of shoe sizes. This type of insole has characteristics such as shock absorption and foot arch support, which are necessary in specific activities. The disadvantage of this product is the pre-manufacture according to general template rather than specific foot template; occasionally it does not suit the individual foot structure, which differs from the original design of the insole, and does not provide the appropriate support.

c. Foam box impression method
Copying of the foot template is performed with an impression in a foam box to obtain a relatively accurate three-dimensional image of the foot. The foam in the box is a material that takes on the foot shape only when the foot is under pressure. There are a number of approaches to use of the impression box. At Fit Step Pro, the plaster is processed in a special diagnostic laboratory at the R&D center to determine optimal position and stability.

d. EFS method
With this method, we use plaster bandages and the foot is held, without load, for measuring; however, foot copying is not performed as is. With this method, the plaster is fitted onto the foot for ideal and optimal foot position. The result is that with each step (during standing, walking, running and bounced landing) the foot will always tread in the most optimal fashion. The insole supports the foot throughout its length, and has high edges that better hug the foot and prevent side collapse (and thus reduce the wearing out of the shoe). The drawback to this method is that we do not obtain a rigid plaster cast that can be accurately processed, as with plaster printing. This method is also implemented at Fit Step Pro institutes.

e. American method
According to this approach, the individual who takes the measurements is not the one who manufactures the insole; rather, they are mostly manufactured in a laboratory that may be relatively geographically distant. Insoles manufactured with this approach are also known as functional insoles. With this method, the impression of the foot is obtained when the foot is in neutral mode, without load, via wrapping in plaster bandages. The end result is a rigid insole that refers only to the heel and the longitudinal arch of the foot, where the frontal portion has direct padding. This type of insole is only under the foot, and not around it. The explanation for this is the American philosophy that refers to every situation of foot discomfort as treatable by changing tread on the back portion of the foot. These insoles do not have complete padding, which is an important point when dealing with diabetes, joint ailments and sports activities.

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