1. Aim for Success in 3‐Dimensions
For an optimal fit, all aspects of the foot need to be considered including: dorsal, plantar, anterior, posterior, medial and lateral.
2. Create an Equal Distribution of Pressure
An optimal fit provides an equal distribution of pressure throughout the gait cycle. This can be accomplished through total contact and by transferring pressure away from high pressure areas.
3. Provide Alignment & Support
An optimal fit reduces over-pronation and helps provide proper body alignment. Helping the foot stay close to the neutral position of the subtalar joint will also prevent excessive stretching of the plantar fascia and reduce stress to the knees, hips and back.
4. Deliver Customization & Protection through Material Technologies
An optimal fit protects the foot through customization and by providing cushioning and shock absorption. Choose orthotic materials that do not fight the foot, but instead customize or give way during the impact phases of the gait cycle.
5. Recognize the Shoe is a Variable
Sizing amongst brands and styles is never uniform, and an optimal fit is best achieved by trying on different sizes or through machine learning technologies that address the fit characteristics of particular styles. Sock thickness can also impact fit, and customers should be educated about this consideration whenever possible.