Do I need OrtoMalli insoles?


The use of OrtoMalli insoles is advisable when

  • you have chronic ankle, knee or hip pain
  • your lower back has felt tired and painful for a long time
  • you cannot stand for a long period of time without leaning on your other foot
  • your parents have a postural defect or foot arthritis
  • your legs are of different lengths, you have recurrent muscle cramps or prolonged pain on the inside of your knees
  • back treatments have not been helpful
  • you have repeatedly been diagnosed with bursitis.

Postural abnormalities are often hereditary. That is why it is important that teenagers should follow the correct kinetic chain in time…

The main purpose of the insole is to prevent these symptoms!


Overpronation and kinetic chain

Overpronation (flattened arch and ankle turned inward) or flat foot deformity cause many deformities and kinetic chain dysfunction. This happens from early age on, and it especially affects the ageing body in adults. Hyperextension and valgus deformity of the knee (knock-knees) are very common deformities, which can be treated with OrtoMalli insoles. These postural abnormalities are very common among children aged 12 to 16 years and among young adults. They can also cause shin splints, bursitis, plantar fasciitis or, later in life, arthrosis of the ankle and knee. OrtoMalli insole sizes start from size 28.

pro2In adults, a deformity cannot be corrected without continuous support with insoles and muscle exercise because pro2synovial tendon sheaths and ligaments have often degenerated or are overstretched. Sometimes surgery is necessary if, for example, the tibialis posterior tendon has been injured. We recommend using insoles continuously in all shoes (also in indoor shoes) to ensure therapeutic effect. Therapeutic effect means that the foot is always maintained in an optimal posture when strained.

The adjacent figure demonstrates the effect of the insoles. Click the figure to view a larger version.

The photos below show a 21-year-old female. The leftmost photo (A) shows a completely broken kinetic chain due to a foot deformity. Protective muscle tension is almost non-existent, and the body weight is resting on the ligaments. Supportive tissue in the knee is overburdened, and arthrosis of the knee is inevitable later on if the posture is not corrected quickly. The next photo (B) shows a lateral view of over-extended knees and incorrect body balance. When the optimal kinetic chain is missing and proprioception is defective, balance and centre of gravity are off-key.

Figure 1 shows an optimal posture. Figure 2 shows a lateral view of the same situation. Posture receptors (sensors of motion and posture) help to maintain the correct posture so that balance is good and the knees and ankles are at the right angle. Resting tension of the muscles is enough to keep the posture correct, which means that the effect on back posture and balance is significant. Information on exercising can be found here.


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