G8 orthotic insoles are suitable for a wide array of sports, including cycling, running, jogging, soccer, court sports, snow skiing, golf, hiking, and walking.
What is included in the G8 orthotic insole Kit?
|2620 PRO SERIES||2 x 22, 26, 30, and 34mm arches|
2 x 2620 Pro compatible orthotic insoles
|Ignite||2 x heat-mouldable orthotic insoles|
How do I fit and adjust my G8 Orthotic Insoles?
Fitting is conducted with the client seated with minimal weight on the foot. This allows the natural foot shape to be maintained. An arch piece is fitted just behind the first and second metatarsal heads to confirm the right shape. This is then clicked into place and trimmed to fit the show using the existing insole as a guide. Put the new insole into the shoe and repeat for the other foot. The client then stands and minor adjustments are made for comfort. The client must be able to roll from heel to forefoot.
How do I mould my Ignite Orthotic Insoles?
Ignite orthotic insoles are moulded with a hairdryer. The hairdryer must be held very close to the underside of the insole, waving it over the grey section for one to two minutes to ensure pliability. Then place the insole against your foot and manipulate the heated section with your fingers. Mould the insole to the foot in this way until you achieve the desired shape.
Why do my feet hurt after wearing my G8’s?
Initially when you begin wearing G8 orthotic insoles, your feet need to adjust to the flexion and movement, so your muscles and tendons may feel a bit sore due to minor inflammation. This is completely normal and you can alleviate this by breaking in your G8’s slowly to gradually strengthen the muscles of your feet and improve your foot health.
How do G8’s support my arches?
The G8 design encourages your feet to move naturally in your shoe. This movement is a form of passive exercise of the plantar muscles. The resultant strength increase in these muscles is what holds up the arch and keeps your feet healthier.
The height of the arch piece is determined by the height of the forward portion of your arch. As long as the arch piece is touching your forward arch when you are non weight bearing the G8’s will be doing their job.
How much should I trim off my orthotic insoles?
Trim anywhere along the insole but don’t trim the plastic. The arch piece and the heel piece are most critical and with the narrow design of some shoes, trimming elsewhere on the insole is fine.
How long do G8 orthotic insoles last?
You will need a new insole when your arch support is no longer optimal and you have moved onto as high an arch as your foot allows. The 2620 PRO SERIES orthotic insoles should last for the life of your shoe. Ignite orthotic insoles will usually last 6-12 months.
Help! My G8’s are giving me blisters!
New movement and biomechanics and better foot positioning with new G8’s can result in rubbing and blisters. Make sure to wear them in slowly and you’ll find them comfortable in no time.
Can I wear G8’s in any shoe?
The G8 Performance 2620 PRO SERIES orthotic insoles may be customised to fit any athletic shoe, including sports shoes, ski boots, hiking boots, skates, medical or orthopaedic footwear. They are not suitable for high heel shoes. You can wear the same G8 orthotic insoles for different shoes (e.g. running shoes and cycling shoes) but be aware that it’s best to use the G8 insole specific to its application.
I am very flat footed. Would the G8 2620s work for me?
The many problems caused by flat feet is the main reason the 2620 orthotic insoles were developed! The 2620’s are designed to encourage natural foot movement in the shoe and over time, the feet will become stronger and more effective at transferring force through the ball of the foot.
When feet are stronger and doing what they should, blood flow is increased (eliminating hot spots), nerve response is increased (providing better feedback to the brain), and increased force transfer to the place you need it most. This force transfer also reduces energy return, which can help with calf and Achilles issues as well as knee problems.
Now, this is not an instant fix. Just like any other musculature system, the muscles take time to adapt and the rest of the body will follow suit.
If you begin with the level 1 arch piece in your shoes and adjust it gradually as your feet build more strength. The arch piece can be exchanged for a level 2 and eventually be moved forward. This is a gradual progression depending on how bad your feet are and can take between 8-18months. You must listen to what your body is telling you which is the best indicator on how you need to graduate to the next level of arch or forward position.
Some plantar muscle pain may be experienced if you do high mileage in your 2620’s right out of the box. You need to make sure you take the time to get used to the 2620s as the muscles and ligaments will need to adjust to the increased movement in your feet. If you experience discomfort, allow your foot muscles to recover by resting them and applying topical magnesium.