Docpods Orthotics Foot Pain Blog

Docpods Orthotics Foot Pain Blog

Keep up to date with the latest foot pain and orthotic insole news. Docpods foot pain blog will help you to understand what is causing your foot pain and what you can do to treat your foot pain.

30 Day Returns

Docpods Support - Friday, December 09, 2016

If you are unhappy at any time with any of your purchases, even after the 30 day trial is over, we will refund your money as long as you post your products back to us. We’re that confident in our orthotic insole products that if at any time you are unhappy with the product you can post it back to us and we’ll refund the price of your purchase.

For more information, please go to our website,, and click on the order information button and you’ll see our return address. Thanks.

Why do i get heel pain when i wear football boots

Docpods Support - Friday, December 02, 2016

Football boots are constructed with a lower heel to promote stability in the ankle and it helps to prevent lateral ankle sprains or inversion ankle sprains. The reason football boots are created in this way is because of the side to side movements during running and stepping in activities such as soccer, rugby, rugby league, American football, can cause inversion ankle sprains because the studs grip into the ground and the ankle will then roll utterly causing an inversion ankle sprain.

It’s important to create as much stability in a football boot in order to help to limit some of the inversion ankle sprains that happen with these football type activities. Some professional football teams insist on strapping all of their players ankles before every training session. The problem with this as an amateur is it can become very costly as tape is expensive and it’s also difficult to apply to yourself. The other thing that the taping before every game can do is it can make you more reliant on the tape, and then when you play a game of football without the tape, you’re more likely to sprain your ankles.

So, in short, a lower heel in a football boot will help to add stability to your ankle but it will also put extra strain on your calves, as the heel’s been dropped, it will overwork your calves a little. If you’re having problems with calf strain or heel pain in football boots, a small heel raise can help to limit some of the problems that are associated with lower heel boot.

What are the best orthotics for work boots and steel cap boots

Docpods Support - Friday, November 25, 2016

Most people who work on their feet all day know that by the end of the day their feet get very tired and very sore. During the day, the muscles in your feet will work to maintain the foot structure, posture, and shape. They can do this short-term while you’re walking. However, if you’re standing on your feet all day, they become very fatigued and the lactic acid builds up in your feet and can cause some burning and foot ache. If you repeat this day after day, week after week, year after year, this can lead to overused injuries in your feet through muscle tiredness and also extra pressure over the plantar prominence of your feet.

The best orthotic for a work boot that we sell in the Docpods range is the Docpods Ultra Soft orthotic. This orthotic supports and cushions the high impact areas of your feet and will help to limit the amount of muscular fatigue inside your feet and also cushion the plantar prominence inside your work boot. The overall result will be when you’re wearing the Docpods Ultra Soft orthotic is that you will have less foot fatigue and more comfort and be able to work longer days without suffering the same fatigue as you do without any orthotic support.

What are the best orthotics for ladies’ fashion or high heeled shoes?

Docpods Support - Friday, November 18, 2016

When considering an orthotic for ladies’ fashion or high heeled shoes, the amount of room that is inside the shoe, and also the heel height plays a very important part to selecting the right orthotic. Often, a fully supportive and full length orthotic will not fit into a ladies’ fashion shoe and then we have to compromise on the performance of the orthotic by trimming away some of the supporting aspects of the orthotic so it’s able to fit in the shoe along with your foot.

The Docpods Slimline orthotic is a hook back insole that has had all of the bulky sections of a full length orthotic removed so that it’ll sit just under the arch and wrap around the heel and sit very low in the heel to avoid heel slipping. Other orthotics that can fit into a ladies’ fashion shoe are often cushioning and non-supportive orthotics such as heel pillows and forefoot cushion.

If you are suffering heel pain or foot pain when wearing your ladies’ fashion or high heeled shoes, it is often best to change your shoes so you can get accommodate and more supportive orthotics, such as the Docpods Ultra Soft, rather than persist with the shoe and try and adjust the shoe to relieve your foot pain.

If you need any further information on our orthotic range, please go to

​Orthotics to help support feet during work and reduce foot pain.

Kent Elliot - Friday, November 11, 2016

The Docpods orthotics work range is a range of orthotics that are specifically designed to help support the foot during work. During working activities, it is often overlooked the amount of walking and repetition that we place on our feet during the day. The repetitive strain that is placed on the foot during the work day is often very similar to going out for a run. However, the shoes that we choose to wear to work are often not as supportive as the ones we would choose if we were going for a run.

It’s very important to support your foot during the work day because of the repetitive nature of work activities so we can prevent foot pain. The orthotics in the Docpods work range help to support and cushion the foot and help to relieve over use and repetitive strain injuries. The orthotics in the work range are the Ultra Soft orthotic, the Ultra orthotic, the Slimline orthotic, and the 3 Quarter orthotic. All of these orthotics offer orthotic or functional support to help to limit the strain on the foot.

The Ultra Soft orthotic is our most popular orthotic in the work range as it is the most supportive so it will lead to less fatigue on your foot but it is also the most cushioned orthotic. This is also our most bulky orthotic as the more bulk we generally leave in an orthotic the more support we can offer the foot.

If you’re wearing a work shoe or boot that has limited space, the Ultra orthotic is the next best option for you. This is an EVA based orthotic with forefoot and rear foot cushioning positions that is less bulky than the Ultra Soft so it will be able to fit into slip on men’s fashion work shoes, ladies’ winter boots, and shoes with limited space.

If you’re wearing shoes to work that have very little space, the Slimline orthotic is the best orthotic as this offers very little bulk with some orthotic support. However, it doesn’t offer as much orthotic support as the Ultra Soft. The Slimline orthotic offers very little cushioning as most of the cushioning sections of the orthotic have been cut away to allow for a reduced bulk.

When you’re working on your feet all day in activities such as nursing, building, construction, gardening, or any outdoor laboring type jobs, it is very, very important to support and cushion your feet with an orthotic insole and an appropriately fitted shoe. An appropriately fitted shoe will help to increase or enhance the orthotic support features of your orthotic insole and lead to less discomfort in your feet.

For more information on the specifics of our products, please go to our website

Docpods sports and performance range

Kent Elliot - Friday, November 04, 2016

The Docpods sports and performance range is a range of orthotic insoles created by Docpods that suit the needs of a person’s foot during activity. The needs of a person’s foot during activity can vary widely, however, the most common support needed is a medial arch support that helps to control over pronation. The entire Docpods sports range helps to support and cushion the foot during activity which helps to limit activity related pain such as heel pain, shin pain, and knee pain, along with another range of foot pains.

The full length orthotics in the Docpods sports and performance range are the Ultra Soft orthotic, the Ultra orthotic, and the Sports orthotic. We also have a 3 Quarter length orthotic insole which helps to fit in shoes that are already a little tight and that don’t have enough room for a full length full foot extension. The 3 Quarter orthotics are made from an EVA base with a hard plastic shell outer which is the perfect combination of support and comfort and cushioning from the softer and harder materials.

The Ultra Soft orthotics are made from a polyurethane material which helps to cushion and support the foot and there’s also rear foot and forefoot cushioning positions in the Ultra Soft. The Ultra orthotic in the sports and performance range is made from an EVA base with no hard outer shell and it has the forefoot and rear foot poron cushioning positions. This helps to support and cushion the foot while the Ultra is a little thinner than the Ultra Soft so it helps to fit into shoes with limited space.

The sports orthotic is a full length EVA orthotic with a hard outer shell and a soft flexible side that rests against the foot. The sports orthotic has a high medial longitudinal arch and a deep heel cup. This helps to support the entirety of the foot and could also cushion the heel during impact.

Depending on the foot wear that you’re wearing, a different sports and performance orthotic will suit your foot the best. The most supportive orthotic that we have is the Docpods Ultra Soft. However, this is also one of the more bulky orthotics. The orthotic that fits the best into tighter narrow fitting shoes is the Docpods 3 Quarter orthotic as it doesn’t have the forefoot extension.
Choosing the correct shoe for a sporting activity is also very important as it helps to add to the support and cushioning that you’ll get from your orthotic when it’s working with a good shoe

The Docpods sports and performance range is a range that will suit most footwear types and most activities. Sports such as tennis, jogging, rugby, cricket, athletics, and soccer are very well suited to our sports and performance range.

For more information, please go to our YouTube channel and see the specific videos on each product in the sports and performance range.


Pronation and over pronation and how this can cause foot pain.

Kent Elliot - Friday, October 28, 2016

Pronation is the normal movement of the foot where it rolls in slightly to adapt to the ground or an uneven surface during walking. Over pronation is when the foot rolls in an abnormal amount or at an abnormal time that leads to stress and strain on the foot and lower limb.
There are a large number of foot pains that are linked to over pronation or not supporting the foot correctly. Some of these pains are heel pain, shin pain, knee pain, ball of foot pain, bunions, hallux abducto valgus, and the list goes on and on. These over pronation would generally make any mechanical deformity or any foot pain more aggravated. The more you walk or run on a foot that over pronates, the more likely you are to increase the wear and tear and chance of injury on your foot and lower limb.

Orthotic insoles such as the Docpods sports and performance range help to limit over pronation during activities such as running, rugby, soccer, football, cricket, and all sporting activities so they’ll help to relieve over pronation and help to limit the amount of wear and tear on the foot so that you’ll be able to perform for longer without as much pain or as much strain on the muscles of your lower limb and foot. So wearing a well fitted shoe with a supportive orthotic insole will make your foot more efficient and lead to less over use such as joint wear and tear and muscle strain than it would if you have a foot that pronates and you’re not wearing a well-supported shoe with an orthotic.

For a range of orthotics that help to limit over pronation, you can see these at our sports and performance work wear and kids ranges on the Docpods website at For more information, please go to our website and where you’ll be able to find specific foot pain descriptions and also orthotics that are suited best to your specific activity.

Orthotics for growing little feet. The Docpods kids range of orthotic insoles.

Kent Elliot - Friday, October 21, 2016

Growing little feet need support so that they can grow and develop as normally as possible. The Docpods orthotic insole range has four insoles that suit growing little feet. Two of these are the kids fit sport orthotic insole and the kids fit orthotic.

The kids fit sport orthotic insole is a full length orthotic insole that helps to support and cushion growing little feet. This is perfect for school shoes and sports shoes and shoes that have enough room to accommodate the orthotic insole. Because it’s a full length orthotic insole, it can be a little more difficult to fit into shoes that aren’t sized appropriately or where the foot has grown and become a little too tight.

The kids fit hook back orthotic insole is an orthotic insole based on the shape of the kids fit sport that has been cut down to limit bulk and keep the orthotic bulk to a minimum so it will fit more widely into shoes with a growing foot. The kids fit orthotic, however, does not have the same level of support as the kids fit sports orthotic due to the reduced bulk.
The other two orthotics in the kids range are the Ultra Soft and the Ultra orthotic insole. The Ultra Soft is our most cushioned and most supportive insole and will also be the most comfortable for a growing little foot. The Ultra Soft and the Ultra both have kids’ sizes in extra, extra small and extra small that will help to suit and support growing little feet. The Ultra Soft is a cushioned and supportive insole and has cushioning positions in the rear foot and the forefoot which help to make the orthotic instantly more comfortable. The Ultra orthotic is slightly more thin than the Ultra Soft, however, because of its reduced thickness, it doesn’t have the same support and cushioning as the Ultra Soft.

It is very important to support a growing little foot with a good shoe and an appropriately fitted orthotic insole as they work together to enhance the support of each other so the orthotic will work better in a more supportive and well fitted shoe.

For more information on children’s foot pain or information directly relating to our products, please visit our website

​Orthotics to fit fashion shoes

Kent Elliot - Friday, October 14, 2016

The orthotics that are grouped into the Docpods fashion range are unique design of orthotics with limited bulk to help fit into fashion shoes for both ladies and men. The orthotics that are included in this category are the Slimline orthotic, the foot pillow, the heel pillow, the heel cup, and the soft step. These orthotics offer a wide variety of support and comfort features.

The most popular orthotic in this range is the Docpods Slimline orthotic. This is an orthotic with a hook back shape which helps to remove most of the bulk of a regular orthotic so it would be able to fit in ladies’ fashion shoes or men’s slip on shoes. It also fits well into shoes with limited space and also shoes that have a lot of space that you don’t need one to bulk up any further. The Slimline orthotic helps to support the medial arch of the foot and also helps to cup the heel to keep the foot’s natural fatty pad underneath the heel. This helps to make the shoes more comfortable and be able to be worn longer without any foot aches and pains.

The foot pillow gel insole is a cushioned full length gel insole. It’s a soft flexible insole that helps to cushion the foot and only offers mild support. This is a great insole if you have a shoe that is slightly too big and you need to take up some of the bulk and add some cushioning.

The heel pillow is the same material as the foot pillow so it’s a gel insole, but however, it only rests long enough to support the heel. This is great if you’re suffering from pressure beneath the heel or if you have a stone bruised feeling underneath your heel.

The solemates heel cup is a very similar orthotic to the heel pillow gel insole in that it’s a gel material. However, the solemates heel cup has an adhesive backing so it’s able to be fastened or stuck into ladies’ fashion shoes with open heels. Because of the color of the gel, it is almost invisibly slim in any shoe.

The solemate soft step an orthotic pad that helps to cushion the high impact areas of the forefoot. It is a clear gel insole that has an adhesive backing so it can be fastened into ladies’ fashion shoes, and once the foot is on top of it, it is almost invisibly slim so you won’t be able to see it from the outside.

The Docpods fashion range is a wide and varied range. However, if you’re looking for orthotic support, the Slimline orthotic is our most popular and most supportive orthotic. The remainder of the range, such as the foot pillow, heel pillow, heel cup, and soft step, are purely cushioned insoles and don’t offer any orthotic support.

For more information, please go to our YouTube channel, or our website, and watch the specific videos on each product.


Heel pain, heel spurs, and plantar fasciitis. What causes heel pain and why do orthotics help?

Kent Elliot - Friday, October 07, 2016

There are a number of complicated problems that can cause heel pain. The most common problem that causes heel pain in adults is plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a large ligament that expands the length of the foot from the heel to the ball and helps to support the foot and helps to limit flattening of the medial or inside arch of the foot.

When the foot rolls in or over pronates, the plantar fascia is strained as the arch collapses. It’s usually where the plantar fascia inserts into the heel becomes aggravated by repetitive strain of the arch collapsing and the plantar fascia pulling on this location. Generally, a plantar fascia irritation will be the most painful rising from bed and will get slightly better during the day as the foot warms up.

Treatments that are aimed at correcting over pronation or limiting abnormal motions in the foot such as orthotic insoles, stretching and strengthening exercises of the calf muscle, and wearing appropriate fitted shoes will help to limit the pain from plantar fasciitis.

There are other problems in and around the heel that can also cause pain similar to plantar fasciitis. These are also aggravated by over pronation so an orthotic insole will help to limit and prevent some of these other heel pains such as plantar bursitis, medial calcaneal nerve entrapment, and a bruised heel will also be helped by a supportive and cushioned insole such as the Docpods Ultra Soft orthotic in feet where there’s abnormal motion such as over pronation.

It’s very important that when fitting your orthotics they need to be warn in a well fitted and quality made shoe that cushions and supports the foot also as this will work in conjunction with the orthotics to help to support the foot.

For more information on plantar fasciitis, please go to our heel pain page where you can see a range of our orthotic insoles that will help to support the foot and help to limit heel pain in plantar fasciitis.






1. Measure your existing shoe insole:

 1. Measure from your heel to ball of foot:


2. Then compare your measurements from above to match the product size charts below:
(you can trim to fit the insoles by approximately 1cm)

Docpods Regular Size Guide - for Slimline, 3 Quarter, Sports

Size  cm cm cm
Small  4-7  4-8  3-6.5  4-7.5  35-40 16  16.3  25.8
Medium  7-9   8-10  6-9  7-10  39-43  17.4 17.2  27.4
Large   9-13  10-14  8-12  9-13  42-47 19.3   18.2 29.4

Docpods Ultra Size Guide - for Ultra Soft

EURO  34  35.5-37.5  38-40  40.5-42  42.5-44  44.5-46.5
UK  2.5  3-4.5  5-6.5  7-8  8.5-9.5  10-12
US MENS  4-5  5.5-6  6.5-7.5  8-9  9.5-10.5  11-13.5
US WOMENS  3.5-5  5.5-7  7.5-9  9.5-10.5  11-12  13-14
LENGTH (cm) 23.2cm 24.9cm 26.2cm 28.8cm 30cm  31.2cm

Docpods Kids Size Guide - for Docpods Kids Fit only

XXS 12-1  19.5cm 13cm 
XS 2-3 22.4cm  15.3cm 

Docpods Foot Pillow - Trim to Fit

  S L
US MENS  4.5 - 9  9 - 13
US WOMENS  6 - 10  10 - 14
LENGTH (cm) 26.5cm 29.2cm

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