The Pedistep orthotics are made of a material called Ethylene Vinyl Acetate, or EVA for short. This is the same material used to make the midsole of joggers, and other everyday items like yoga mats kids play equipment and medical devices. They are perfectly safe to wear.
The only difference between the Pedistep orthotics range and the ICB Medial range of prescription orthotics is the density of the product – which determines how hard they are.
The ICB Medical range of orthotics are prescribed by a medical professional such as a podiatrist, physiotherapy, chiropractor, osteopath or doctor, who will first assess you and provide you with an appropriate orthotic for your unique needs. These orthotics are available in a variety of densities, some of which are quite firm, and can be moulded to your feet so that they contour to the exact shape of your foot, which makes them more comfortable to wear.
The Pedistep orthotic is softer than the prescription ICB orthotics, this means you can buy them and wear them without needing to see a medical professional – this saves you time and more importantly money.
In many cases it can be cheaper to replace your Pedistep orthotics yearly, rather than getting a more expensive prescription orthotic every 2 to 3 years.
Your Pedistep orthotics can be cleaned with cool soapy water, wiped clean and left to dry in a shaded place before putting them back into your shoes.
The Pedistep orthotics should not be left near a heat source such as a fire or heater, or in direct sunlight during the summer months, they may warp or distort.
The unique manufacturing process means that the Pedistep orthotics won’t absorb moisture. The only part of the orthotic that absorbs moisture is the cover, so they won’t need to long to dry.
There are a few factors that will influence how long the Pedistep orthotic last, these are:
- Level of activity
- Type of activity
If you are heavy and do a lot of physical activity, or you stand for long periods of time, the orthotics will not last as long as they would with someone who is lighter and does little or no physical activity.
The Pedistep orthotic works by supporting your feet and limiting excessive pronation. Over time, the Pedistep orthotic will compress and loose its corrective effects, just like the soles of shoes do with wear.
You will notice when this happens because your feet will feel less supported, or you will start getting pain and discomfort in your feet again.
When this occurs remove the Pedistep orthotics and replace them.
If you want a longer lasting orthotic solution, you can always try ICB Medical’s range of heat mouldable prescription orthotics. These are medical grade orthotics fitted by a healthcare professional who will assess you and prescribe an appropriate orthotic. These orthotic devices are firmer and have a higher density, meaning that they will last longer.
The Pedistep fashion orthotics come with Velcro tabs that are applied to the orthotic and your shoes to prevent the orthotic from slipping.
You may not need to use them, but if you do, simply follow these simple steps.
You should then be able to remove the orthotic from the shoe leaving behind the Velcro loop tab.
It’s important to have the softer loop attached to the shoe rather than the hook, it will avoid ruining a pair of stockings if you left your Pedistep fashion orthotics in another pair of shoes.
The Pedistep Regular and Fashion orthotics do not require trimming. They simply sit on top of the factory insole of whatever shoe you are putting it in.
Sometimes, it may be necessary to trim the front edge of the Pedistep Active (full length) orthotic so that it fits snuggly into your shoe. The trimming process is quite simple if you follow the steps below.
To trim the Pedistep Active orthotic you will need a biro pen, or felt tip marker and a pair of scissors.
If you don’t feel confident in trimming the Pedistep Active orthotic to fit in your shoe, a shoe repair store, or cobbler should be able to fit them to your shoes for you.
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There are a few factors to consider here. If your shoe has a full-length removable insole, then the Pedistep Active orthotic is the best option. Shoes with a removable insole tend to be casual, sporting and recreational shoes that are loose fitting.
The Pedistep Active orthotic replaces the factory fitted insole, which you removed and replaced with the Pedistep Active Orthotic. If the Pedistep Active orthotic is a little longer than the shoe itself, you can use the factory insole as a template to trim down the Pedistep orthotic so that it fits snuggly in the shoe.
If your shoes don’t have a removable factory fitted insole then the Pedistep Regular orthotic is the best option. These shoes are generally fashion or dress shoes they have a narrower last and are usually a tighter fit. The Pedistep Regular orthotic is a 2/3 Length orthotic that is designed to sit on top of the non-removable insole.
If you intend to swap your Pedistep orthotics between shoes with a removable insole and shoes without a removable insole, the Pedistep Regular Orthotic is the perfect choice. It can sit on top of the factory insole even if it’s a removable.
If you want to wear the Pedistep orthotics in fashion footwear such as with an high heel, boots or ballet flats, then use the High Heel Fashion orthotic. Don’t try to fit either a 2/3 or a full length Pedistep orthotic into these types of shoes, they won’t fit.
Pedistep orthotic sizing is based on shoe size. The table below will assist you in identifying the appropriate size orthotic for your foot?
The table below will assist you in getting the best fit Pedistep slides for your foot.
If you are a half size, we suggest you buy the next size up or purchase our slide with the adjustable strap for a perfect fit.