Welcome to the Podium Custom Footwear FAQ page. Here you’ll find answers to some of the most common orthotics questions. If you still have questions, please contact us.

What is the most common cause of athletic injury?

Numerous medical studies have shown that the No. 1 cause of athletic injury is improper fitting footwear. Often people just choose the wrong shoe, and rectifying that issue is all it takes to fix the problem. But if the shoe fits correctly and there is still a problem, then it may be time for custom orthotics. Podium will serve as your footwear consultant, helping you figure out the source of your foot problems. What is the most common foot related problem?

What is the most common foot related problem?

Plantar fasciitis is the most common foot related problem. Plantar fasciitis refers to the syndrome of inflammation of the band of tissue that runs from the heel along the arch of the foot. This condition is most often seen in middle-aged men and women, but can be found in all age groups. Plantar fasciitis is diagnosed with the classic symptoms of pain localized over the heel area of the bottom of the foot. Often the pain from plantar fasciitis is most severe when you first stand on your feet in the morning. Pain often subsides quite quickly, but then returns after prolonged standing or walking. What other foot issues are most common?

What other foot issues are most common?

Other common foot-related problems include (but are not limited to) shin splints, stress fractures, unwanted foot or ankle movement, soft tissue pain, knee pain, lower back pain, hip issues, pronation, pain under ball of foot and hot foot. What types of footwear does podium work with?

What types of footwear does podium work with?

If it fits on your foot, Podium can work with it. Over the years, we’ve addressed issues with everything from cowboy boots to tango dance shoes. The full list of footwear includes all disciplines of cycling, running shoes, rock climbing shoes, all types of alpine and Nordic skiing boots, dress shoes, walking shoes, basketball shoes, sandals, and every other shoe you might have in your closet. Please just remember that orthotics are just a part of the solution. You need to choose proper footwear, stretch and don’t over do-it. What types of materials does podium use?

What types of materials does podium use?

From soft to rigid to multi-density, Podium works with nearly all types of orthotics materials — and everything is fabricated in house. That means Podium can take patient feedback and make changes as needed, never needing to send anything out for adjustments. That leads to quicker turnaround time and a better finished product. How does the follow-up process work?

How does the follow-up process work?

Following the initial visit and orthotic fabrication process, patients return for their follow-up visit. If needed, adjustments are made on the spot. However, one additional adjustment visit is also included, assuring full customer satisfaction. And unlike other clinics, which would have to send orthotics out for adjustments, Podium does everything in house, meaning adjustments can be done while you wait. This is an integral element of the Podium Difference. How much personal attention will I receive?

How much personal attention will I receive?

The short answer is a lot. During your initial visit, Podium will spend an hour answering questions while trying to get root of your foot-related problem. This is in stark contrast to other clinics, which often schedule just 15 minutes per patient. Podium believes it’s almost impossible to be successful in such a short period time. Instead we take the time to get to the root of your foot-related problem, and get you back on your happy feet. What should I bring to my first appointment?

What should I bring to my first appointment?

Before your visit, please take the time to fill out and submit the Podium Patient Questionnaire. On the day of your initial visit, bring all the shoes related to your foot pain, or that you are hoping to enhance the fit and function. Which types of casting does Podium do?

Which types of casting does Podium do?

While most clinics do just one type of casting, Podium has the ability to do four. That means maximum flexibility in constructing the orthotic that’s right for you. Podium’s casting methods include weight bearing, semi-weight bearing, and non-weight bearing. Our most popular technique incorporates a casting pillow, a medium that presses up all around your foot and ankle, creating form of the foot which is used to create a mold of the foot. Podium can also utilize a fiberglass sock, which captures the shape of foot and the entire anklebone contour, or a dry foam impression box (think impression in the sand). This diversity of techniques allows Podium to look for issues in more a finite form, and quickly respond to feedback and make adjustments. Other clinics typically use just one casting method, and many send their casts to out-of-state orthotics labs, which can result in inexact communication and unsatisfactory products. What makes a shoe function properly?

What makes a shoe function properly?

Well made shoes have solid tortsional stability, assuring they are not too floppy. They also need a firm heel counter so they don’t flex too easily. Instead, shoes should flex under the ball of the foot, but be firm from there back. That’s why cowboy boots have a shank in the heel. Shoes that tie on the side are also desirable, because they don’t effect the nerves on top of foot. Another key element is proper cinch. If a shoe is too loose it can cause hammer toe due to the tensing of your feet. Do you repair or refurbish old orthotics?

Do you repair or refurbish old orthotics?

YES we do!, we can repair and/or refurbish your existing or old foot orthotics. You can drop them off locally or if you've moved, Podium can work remotely. Just ship your orthotics to Podium Footwear, and we'll take care of the rest.