The use of foot orthotics has been researched and tested by leading institutions around the world, and is widely accepted in the medical community. Foot Orthotics/ Foot Insoles are used in both public and private hospitals and clinics.
Clinical studies and field research verify the value of orthotics in relieving tendonitis and improving structural integrity. Flexible orthotics control foot and leg motion without restricting function and creating compensatory movement in other structures.
American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists
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Insoles have been used for years to help people with tendonitis. Traditionally when we think of insoles or orthotics we think of a hard plastic insert that is placed in the shoe. It cups the heel and supports the arch but because it is not flexible it does not extend the full length of the foot. This tends to make this type of orthotic uncomfortable, and ineffective for many people.
It also repositions the arch using "brute force." Because it is not flexible it forces the arch into it's correct position but does nothing to relieve the pressure that is forcing the arch to collapse, causing tendonitis, in the first place. This type of hard plastic orthotic can actually cause increased pain in patients, which is the reason why we have recommended the Dr Foot Sport Insoles for the treatment of tendonitis. They provide a flexible yet incredibly supportive and stable treatment option.