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Three Things You Need to Know About Wedge Inserts

Do you struggle with Valgus or Varus deformity (often known as being bowlegged or knock-kneed)?

Genu Valgum is a condition that results in an outward angulation of the distal segment of a bone or a joint, creating a “bowlegged” appearance.

Genu Varus is the inverse condition, where the distal bone segment is angled inward resulting in a “knock-kneed” look.

Both conditions can result in joint pain, especially when walking or running, and unusual damage to the cartilage in the knee. Such damage can lead to more serious problems if left untreated.

Wedge inserts are often recommended by doctors and physical therapists for patients suffering from a Valgus or Varus deformity. The insert, placed in the heel of the shoe, reduces the degree to which the knee rolls inward or outward. Angling the heel in the right direction provides relief from symptoms.

There is no shortage of wedge inserts on the market. Here’s a few tips on what to look for along with reasons why the Warwick Wedge™ is a cut above the rest.

  1. Comfort

Look for an insert that fits easily in your shoe without crowding your foot. Just because you need a wedge doesn’t mean you need a full sole insert. The 4-degree angle of the Warwick Wedge™ sits in the heel of the shoe, without constricting space in the front of the shoe for the toes and ball of the foot.

  1. Versatility

The Warwick Wedge™ features a reversible design which can fit in either shoe. There’s no need for a specific medial heel insert or lateral heel insert. The wedge is designed to accommodate for both supination and pronation depending on the direction in which it’s inserted into the shoe. It also comes in three sizes so every patient can find the perfect fit.

  1. Quality

Some inserts are made of latex or silicone material that may stick to your socks or cause bare feet within the shoe to perspire. However, the Warwick Wedge™ is made of a firm yet lightweight foam. It’s hypoallergenic, latex-free, and held to our high Warwick standard.

Consult with your health care provider about your treatment options. If you’re looking for relief to symptoms of Varus knee or Valgus knee, the Warwick Wedge™ might be the right solution for you.