Q. Who designed FDI orthotics?
A. A team of professional podiatrists with a combined background in orthotic design and manufacture, sports, general practice, diabetic and rheumatoid foot disorders.
Q. What makes FDI orthotics different?
A. FDI orthotics are designed for optimum comfort, durability and performance without compromising natural foot function. Please also refer to FDI Design Features.
Q. What are FDI orthotics made from?
A. Moulded and compressed EVA which is a lightweight, durable, shock attenuating material that is also heat mouldable for a perfect fit.
The Premium, Premium Plus and Kids range have a high performance BK fabric topcover that improves comfort and durability. They are also treated with an antibacterial coating to minimize odour.
The Medical and Medical Plus range topcover is specifically engineered for ultimate cushioning and reduction of shearing stress, which makes them ideally suited for diabetic and arthritic foot problems.
Q. Are FDI orthotics available in different densities?
A. Yes. They are typically dual density with one or more of the following core density options: Soft (Shore 45 in colour light grey), Medium (Shore 65 in colour black) and Hard (Shore 75 in colour dark grey).
Q. What colour options are there?
A. FDI orthotics generally have black topcovers as this is the most requested and popular colour. The Medical Plus has a red topcover for easy identification and the Kids range is royal blue. The colour of the base identifies the product density.
Q. What sizes do FDI orthotics come in?
A. Typically Extra Small (XS) to Extra Large (XL).
The Kids range is available in sizes K1 (XXS) and K2 (XXXS).
Q. How are they fitted?
A. FDI orthotics may be thermo moulded by your
health professional or simply placed into shoes and
worn straight away.
Q. Do they need to be worn in?
A. Yes, although the time period will vary between
individuals, especially if the orthotics are heavily
FDI recommends that the orthotics are worn for a
short period of time (approx. 2 hours) on the first
day. The wear time should then be increased slowly
on a daily basis. Most people find that the orthotics
are completely comfortable in about one week.
The health professional who prescribes your
orthotics may offer more specific guidance.
Q. How do I keep them clean?
A. Gently hand wash in cold or warm water with a
mild detergent and rinse. Towel or air dry in shade
only and do not expose to direct heat or sun.
Q. What is the expected life span of an FDI orthotic?
A. This will depend on numerous factors such as volume of use, body weight, type of activity etc. FDI orthotics have been tested under load and running conditions and an average life time of 12 months is typical under normal conditions. Ideally, orthotics should be replaced with every pair of new shoes as this is often a good indicator of use.