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The Arches® line of Orthotics by FootScientific provides perfect balance of comfort and performance for both the athlete and the lay user. Materials surpass the comfort of custom footbeds while enhancing proper support. The primary material, a cork amalgam, holds its comfortable shape over time and includes a gel cushion for the heel and ball of the foot for all day comfort.

If you don't have a high arch, or flat foot, choose the Type 2 Neutral Orthotic.

The Arches® Orthotics Type 2:

  • Cradles the foot and supports the arch for comfort and stability.
  • Distributes weight across the foot.
  • Relieves pressure points and enhances comfort, injury prevention, and performance.

Pick the Right Orthotic for You

Physicians recommend TYPE 2 for:

Plantar Fasciitis and foot fatigue - both of which can resulting from:

  • Too Much Time on the Feet
  • Natural or Vascular Sensitivity
  • Being large-framed or otherwise heavy
  • Thinning connective and cushioning tissues from growing older
  • Activities placing excess stress on the heel and attached tissues
  • Foot Mechanics and walking patterns

FootScientific’s Type 1 and Type 3 correct foot “deformities” having to do with the pronating and with the supinating foot. For this reason, the value of our Type 2’s - for the “normal” arch - is often overlooked. However, Physicians familiar with all three types emphasize to us that they prescribe/recommend FootScientific’s Type 2 as often as they do the other two types. Here’s why:

Many people are prone to FOOT FATIGUE. This can result from a natural, or genetic, sensitivity or it can be related to environmental conditions such as long work-hours on ones feet. Weight can also contribute to difficulty with foot fatigue   Regardless, the value of an orthotic in relieving foot fatigue is well known and FootScientific’s Type 2 is particularly well suited for this relief.  
It is even more common for foot specialists to see people suffering from PLANTAR FASCIITIS and the TYPE 2, along with common stretching (link to our stretching video?), is used as a first line of defense by doctors when the patient does not clearly have a pronating or supinating foot (where a type 1 and 3 take tension off the plantar fascia).  

There are two primary reasons Type 2 is so popular with health-care professionals

The shape is designed to support the arch and cradle the heel while also, in harmony with the materials, distributing weight more evenly and off of common pressure points at the heel and ball of foot. This can relieve both foot fatigue and take pressure OFF the plantar Fascia.  
Type 2 places a gel pad at the ball and the heel of the foot - but the overall mix of structure and comfort is provided by the use of a cork amalgam. This is important because the gushy, all-gel style orthotics do not hold the form they need for all-day comfort and correction. A too-soft material can put additional pressure to the Plantar Fascia. Conversely, a too-hard material such as a hard plastic or carbon-fiber base (to retain corrective shape) is uncomfortable. The Cork conforms comfortably to idiosyncrasies in the foot without losing its corrective and healing shape.  
Both Foot Fatigue and Plantar Fasciitis can result from:
  • Too Much Time on the Feet
  • Natural or Vascular Sensitivity
  • Being large-framed or otherwise heavy
  • Thinning connective and cushioning tissues from growing older
  • Activities placing excess stress on the heel and attached tissues
  • Foot Mechanics and walking patterns

What's Your Foot Type?

Type 1: Pronating, Overpronating, Flat Foot, Fallen Arches

Corrective for proper arch support, relief of undue ankle and knee pressure, off-loading stressed tendons and muscles, creates a more efficient gate and better performance.  
A wet footprint reveals most of the foot. With your foot flat on the ground you cannot put the tip of your index finger under your arch.
Most people know if they are pronating. If you are not sure, you will also find relief, comfort, and performance in the Type 2.  

Type 2: Neutral Arch

Type 2 is for additional arch support, weight distribution off pressure points, and foot stabilization for a more responsive and comfortable foot. Wet footprint reveals moderate space where the arch rises. With foot flat on the floor, the tip of your finger will disappear to the first joint.  

Type 3: Supination, High Arch, High Rigid Arch, Cavovarus Foot, Inner Knee arthritis

Corrective for a more flexible foot, better pivot, minimizes outer-foot stress fractures and ankle rolling helps open space at the inner knee to lesson the pain of arthritis.  
A wet footprint reveals the front of the foot and the heel with very little between. With your foot flat against the ground the tip of your index finger can disappear under your foot.  
  • Superior to Custom Orthotics: Your foot falls comfortably into Arches® patented corrective shapes.
  • Keeping it Honest and Simple: Arches® understands that choosing an orthotic based on your foot-type is much more important than choosing an orthotic based on activities engaged.  
  • Designed for Power: The Arches® corrected foot transfers power to large muscle groups and away from injury and pain-vulnerable small muscles and tendons like the plantar fascia.
  • Correction AND comfort: Not a gushy gel that feels good for 30 seconds, neither a rigid corrective base that hurts for 30 months. Our cork amalgam keeps its corrective shape while conforming comfortably and flexibly to your foot.


Each pair of orthotics is designed with 5 layers.

  1. Shock Absorbing Gel Pads: works for additional shock absorption and comfort
  2. Form Correcting Molded Cork: allows for shock absorption, maintains the alignment, and maintains the correction of the orthotic
  3. Heel Stabilizing Padded Foam: stabilizes the heel, providing comfort and support
  4. Comfort Layer of EVA Foam: allows for persistent shock absorption and comfort of the wearer
  5. Stay Dry B.K. Mesh: works to control perspiration, odor control, and transitional cushioning

How to install your Arches Orthotics

1. Remove your current shoe lining/insole and replace it with the Arches Orthotics.
2. Trim the end to fit if needed. This step is usually unnecessary.
3. To ensure correction and extend the life of the orthotic, place a different pair of orthotics in each shoe. Replace every 4-9 months or as needed based on use.
4. Please trial for 14 days to assess comfort and performance.
5. Subscribe on your next purchase to maintain the ongoing benefits of your orthotics.

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