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.

Mucous Cyst - benign clear translucent lumps over the toe joints

Kent Elliot - Friday, November 03, 2017

What are the orthotics made from?

Docpods Support - Friday, September 29, 2017

Asics Gt 1000 Version 6 Review

Kent Elliot - Friday, September 22, 2017

Why do my calves cramp and what causes calf cramps

Docpods Support - Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Calf cramps are generally understood to be caused by a number of factors. These are muscle tightness, electrolyte imbalances, or neuro problems.

We can relieve the muscle tightness that causes calf cramps through a stretching routine. If you search the website for a calf stretching routine or our foot pain page, you’ll be able to find an appropriate calf stretching routine to help to limit the amount of cramping you’ll get from muscle tightness.

Electrolyte imbalances, so when you’re dehydrated or when you haven’t had enough sodium or potassium in your diet, this can often lead to cramping. These cramps are more often found during the end of a strenuous activity, like the end of a netball or football game. These cramps can help to be prevented by taking the appropriate amount of fluid and electrolyte drinks during and after the activity that you’re performing.

Who needs off the shelf or over the counter orthotics

Docpods Support - Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Over the counter orthotics are suitable for mild to moderate foot deformity such as over pronation or painful conditions such as heel pain. Over the counter orthotics help to support but not correct the deformity in the foot. They help to support the arches of the foot which will unload the foot and rest the muscles in the foot, and also, they help to add some softness and cushioning to the foot which can relieve the pressure and pain underneath the high impact areas of the foot such as the forefoot and the heel.

Fitting an over the counter or off the shelf orthotic insole into the shoe is also very important. It is essential that you get the correct sizing and that the orthotic fits perfectly inside your shoe or it will not function as it is designed to. Over the counter orthotics also work best in conjunction with a well fitted shoe that’s correctly sized and appropriate for the activity.

Who needs custom made orthotics

Docpods Support - Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Custom made orthotics are an orthotic made from a negative impression of your foot which can be a 3D scan, a plastic cast, or some other impression method such as foam boxing, to capture an exact copy of your foot. From this exact copy of your foot and a biomechanical analysis, an orthotic that corrects or supports your foot can be made to exactly correct your foot structure.

People who need custom made orthotic insoles are generally people who have large foot deformities or exercise for at high intensity or for long distances.

It’s very important to have your custom made orthotics made by a registered qualified podiatrist and one who is familiar with the activity which you are undertaking.

When is the best time to stretch and should I warm up before I start my stretches

Docpods Support - Tuesday, June 20, 2017

There’s a lot of controversy around the best time to stretch. Most publications suggest a small warm up walk or jog at around one third of the pace of your regular activity before you can start your stretches. So in practical terms, what that means is you get ready for your walk or your run and you maybe run for 800 to 1,000 meters and then stop and do your stretching.

The reasoning behind this is that the muscles we’re about to stretch, there’s two components to them. They have the fleshy component and they have the watery component. By increasing the temperature in the muscle, you’re decreasing the viscosity in the muscle in the watery component which will allow the muscle or the meaty part of the muscle to become stretched and this is where we will get our permanent changes in length through regular stretching.

So to recap, it’s best to stretch when you’re slightly warm and you’ve done some mild activity.

What are the best type of cushioned soft orthotic insoles

Docpods Support - Tuesday, June 13, 2017

When people are looking for an insole to help to solve their foot pain problems, they often go for a soft non supportive insole in the belief that just by cushioning their foot that this will help to relieve their foot pain. Initially, this may give some quick relief. However, long term, the best insoles for foot pain relief are a soft supportive insole.

An insole such as the docpods Ultra Soft is a soft supportive insole that will help to support the medial arch, the lateral arch, and the transverse arch of the feet while also cushioning the high impact areas to help to relieve foot pain. The docpods Ultra Soft will help to offer immediate relief of foot pain. Of course, orthotic insoles and soft orthotic insoles work best in conjunction with a well fitted shoe and a shoe that is appropriate for the activity.

What are plantar warts warts and verruca

Docpods Support - Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Plantar warts are simply warts that are on the plantar or bottom aspect of the foot. Their makeup is no different to any other warts on your body. Warts are caused by a virus in your blood system that causes your skin to mutate and grow with the characteristic appearance of a wart.

Warts can be treated locally by using salicylic acid which can be purchased at your chemist’s in preparations such as DuoFilm, [inaudible 00:40], or Bazuka. They can be frozen, they can be cut and stitched, or they can be left alone and often resolved on their own.

When removing a wart, it’s very important to consider the location and the scarring implications as often a wart is removed the scar left behind can be as irritating as the wart itself, and unfortunately, when the skin is scarred, there’s no cure for this scar tissue.

A pump bump or a Haglunds deformity. What is causing the large bony lump on the backs of my heels

Docpods Support - Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Women often complain about a large bony growth on the backs of their heels that is caused from wearing high heeled shoes. This bony outgrowth is caused when the foot is not supported correctly, often from wearing inappropriate footwear and then the heel is allowed to roll in.

If you look closely at where the bony lump is formed, it is often on the outside of the Achilles tendon where it attaches onto the heel. This location is very important because when your foot is not supported correctly, your foot is allowed to roll in which causes an excessive traction in the calf and where the Achilles tendon attaches into the heel. This extra pressure causes a bony growth or a reinforcing of the bone in the area where it attaches into the heel, and over time, this will become quite a large lump on the heel.






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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