QUADRASTEP® and littleSTEPS® foot orthotics are only sold through practitioners and clinicians. You may use our FIND A PRACTITIONER Tool to locate someone in your area. If there is not a local practitioner or clinician in your area, you can Email Us and we will try to assist you in finding someone that you can order from online or by phone.
Instruction will be provided to you by your practitioner or clinician. If you lose them you may DOWNLOAD them.
Once you have purchased your orthotics, they can be cleansed with soap and water. Please note that hot water should never be used because it may melt and deform the orthotic.
Most patients should be able to gradually increase their wear time over a 7-10 day period. This begins with normal activity and gradually works towards more strenuous activities, such as sports. It is recommended that all foot orthoses be worn with socks to avoid blisters.
You can download Break Iin instructions HERE.
A trick we have learned is that you can take a dryer sheet and put it inside your shoe under your orthotic. The noise is usually slight movement, so if the dryer sheet doesn't work, there are some other things to consider as well. If it is a short orthotic (blue, green, or purple), you can leave the lining that came with the shoe in there under the orthotic (as long as it doesn't have a large arch bump) so the orthotic doesn't move. Even the longer ones can move sometimes (yellow, red, orange). If they have a topcover (the black and gray swirled cover glued onto the orthotic), they should be trimmed using the lining that came with the shoe as a template so that they fit snugly in the shoes. Sometimes you have to get your hands in there to feel if they are curling up inside, and adjust by cutting the ends a little more.
It can be hard if you are switching between shoes, since many shoes are not shaped the same! But they should be close. A proper fit should prevent any movement. Make sure your shoes aren't too narrow, which will cause your orthotic to "float" some in the shoe and the movement from that can cause squeaking.
Another think you can try is to rough up exteriors edges with sand paper to take off the shine.
Depending on usage, body size, and age, a pair of our orthoses should last approximately 1-2 years. You should check your orthotics every few months for signs of wear and tear that might change the way your orthotics are supporting your feet. Children may outgrow their littleSTEPS® every 6 months to a year, and should be checked often for proper fit. Please see the picture to the right in the littleSTEPS® FAQ Section.
Yes. The most common adjustments are to the length or width, heel- cup adjustments, adding full-length covers or liners, additional padding, and only for QUADRASTEP® orthoses - metatarsal mounds/bars, extra posting or heel-lifts. These can be ordered by your practitioner or clinician.
Our orthoses are manufactured from an injection molded thermoplastic compound that has the unique combination of strength and soft edge feel, providing optimal patient comfort. The strength of the material used is a feature that has been specifically matched to the amount of support each foot type requires.
QUADRASTEP® orthotics are designed with all of the correction you need for the best results. They are best suited to an athletic shoe to give you a solid foundation. If the QUADRASTEP® orthotic is the correct fit but seems too wide for your shoe, you can have your practitioner or clinician order you a pair in a narrow width to accomodate your specific shoe.
Narrow orthotics are ¼” narrower and are designed for cleats or fashion shoes, and often work better for women or people with narrower feet. As a general rule you will have less shoe fit problems in a Narrow orthotic. Just keep in mind that if you reduce width too much you can reduce function, so an assessment needs to be done to make sure that the fit is correct and function hasn’t been compromised.
Developmental Flatfoot is one of the most common conditions affecting the musculoskeletal system of children and teenagers. There is a tendency to under treat or ignore a child's flatfoot unless it is severe. Developmental flatfoot is the precursor to serious foot dysfunction and often results in some level of disability in the adult foot. Recognizing this anomaly early in life will save joints and musculoskeletal issues later in life.
There are many things that can be done to manage a developmental flat foot. Your healthcare provider can help diagnose the condition and recommend appropriate treatment. Intervention may include balance and coordination exercises, in addition to littleSTEPS® foot orthotics for kids.
It is normal for a child to walk on their toes for the first 2-3 months of walking. If your child continues to toe walk after this time, they should be examined to determine if they have tight heel cords (the tendon that connects to the back of the heel). Children who toe walk may simply require stretching of their heel cords or they could require other intervention. Although many children will continue to walk on their toes despite having normal heel cord flexibility, children with developmental flat foot may assume this position to gain more stability. Wearing supportive shoes in combination with a littleSTEPS® foot orthotic can help them.
On the bottom of each littleSTEPS® foot orthotic or gait plate, on the heel, there is a circle with the model and size stamped on it. Please note that it also says "LEFT" or "RIGHT" under the size. The orthotic in the picture to the left is a littleSTEPS® foot orthotic size 9 or a littleSTEPS® gait plate size 7, left foot. It is important that you get the littleSTEPS® orthotics or gait plates in the correct shoe, and it is not always obvious by the shape of the littleSTEPS® orthotic or gait plate. It is also a good idea to make sure your child knows how to tell which shoe each orthotic goes into, in case they come out of the shoe during an activity or changing their shoes.
A general rule for parents, in regards to knowing when their child should be brought in for replacement littleSTEPS® orthotics because they may have outgrown them, is to base it on your child's shoe size. If your child needs a new pair of shoes in the next size then they probably will have outgrown their littleSTEPS® orthotics too. It is always advisable to see the practitioner or clinician who issued your child their littleSTEPS® orthotics every 6-12 months, to ensure they are working effectively and still fit. Children can have sudden growth spurts and if you find you need to buy your child new shoes in their next shoe size then we strongly recommend an appointment as soon as possible to check if their littleSTEPS® orthotics may also need replacing.
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