Consumer Medical
Consumer Medical
Where it all began…

The discovery of Formthotics, like many other revolutionary ideas, was deceptively straightforward. In 1970, while walking barefoot in the sand, Dr. Charlie Baycroft had the realisation that our feet were not designed to walk on the hard, flat, unforgiving surfaces of today’s world. This was the genesis of the Formthotics movement. At the same time as this realisation, David Boyd — co-inventor of Formthotics, boot fitter, professional skier (at the time), and now Director of Foot Science International — realised that custom orthotics not only enhanced his skiing but also made his ski boots more comfortable. He studied how to make custom orthotics out of thermoformable foam and developed prototypes to test the theory.

From the first insole to the first heating machine…

In 1981, about a year after the first Formthotics product was developed, Formthotics’ parent company ‘Foot Science International’ was formed, but it wasn’t until 1984, after years of research and development, that the business really began to operate. Some of the first Formthotics insoles fitted by Foot Science International were for the New Zealand ski team, and they were fitted by David in an old farmhouse in the Rakaia Valley, near the Southern Alps of New Zealand, with a kitchen oven to heat up the foam. By 1985, the very first Formthotics heating machine was created and the rest is history…

Formthotics now
Formthotics Today

Formthotics are still manufactured in New Zealand, but no longer laboriously hand made as they originally were. Today we use a unique process and very sophisticated manufacturing equipment to ensure consistent high quality, and the products are now available throughout Europe, North America, Australasia, and Asia. We’ve come a long way in 40+ years, but we’ve never changed our desire to provide the very best product, and the very best service, to our customers.

What are Formthotics?

Formthotics retail products are a revolutionary foot orthotic. They are used for the prevention of lower limb injuries, enhanced performance and improved comfort. Formthotics are thermoformed (heat moulded) to your unique foot shape and your shoe type.

How do I fit my Formthotics? +

For a premium fit your Formthotics should have been fitted when you purchased them. To get a truly customised fit and maximise Formthotics benefits, they should be thermoformed (heat moulded) and fitted to your feet and shoes using a V20 Formthotics heating machine. If this is not possible, remove the insole from your shoes and insert the Formthotics. Ensure they fit well and trim if required. Wear them in slowly to avoid blisters.

Do they come in different sizes? +

Yes Formthotics come in XXS through to XXL. They also come in various shapes, arch profiles and foam hardness’s.

Why should I wear Formthotics? +

Your foot is as individual as you are! Most footwear is mass produced and therefore made to fit an average foot shape. Formthotics customise your footwear to fit the unique shape of your foot, right in your shoes. A properly fitted shoe helps with the prevention of injury and keeps you on your feet longer. As Formthotics were designed by sports medicine specialists, to keep you on your feet for longer. Formthotics will help you perform more efficiently, they will:
-Increase comfort and responsiveness
-Improve stability and strength
-Reduce muscle fatigue
-Improve recovery time
-Support your feet naturally
-Increase your confidence; know where your foot is and what it’s doing.
-Maintain your centre of gravity
-Increase shoe comfort
-Reduce tiredness in feet, legs and muscles
-Formthotics provide a balanced, stable foundation for your body. Think of your body as a house and your feet as its foundations. No matter how solid the walls may be, your house is only as stable as its foundations.

Who uses Formthotics? +

More people than you would think! Most people suffer from foot pain at some stage in their lives either for many reasons such as an injury, poor fitting footwear or overuse. Preventing this is where our Formthotics retail product can help!
We feature sports people, ordinary people and medical professionals who are using Formthotics on our website. We’d love to hear your story too.

Who designed and made Formthotics? +

Formthotics were invented by Dr Charlie Baycroft (previously Medical Director of Foot Science International) in conjunction with help and expert advice from podiatrists, sports medicine specialists and physiotherapists.

They have been manufactured in Christchurch New Zealand by Foot Science International for over 40+ years.

Do I need new shoes? +

Maybe… Because Formthotics mould to your foot and shoe you need a good shoe base to start with i.e. not worn and distorted.
If you are planning on getting new shoes, this is the perfect time to get your Formthotics.

Should I use Formthotics all the time? +

For maximum benefit, Formthotics should always be worn during sport and general exercise.
Ideally, you should also wear Formthotics in your dress and casual shoes as everyday stresses can also negatively affect the foot, causing pain and discomfort.
Although Formthotics can safely be transferred from one shoe to another without re-moulding, every shoe is different so we highly recommend you have a pair moulded for each pair of shoes.
Once you get used to the comfort, support and shock absorption, you will probably want to wear them all the time.

How long will my Formthotics last? +

Formthotics will normally outlast the pair of shoes in which they are fitted. Even with heavy use, most people should get a minimum of 12 months of life from a pair of Formthotics.
If you change your shoes and the Formthotics do not feel right we recommend you have them checked and adjusted or replaced if necessary.
Formthotics have a 30-day warranty.

How do Formthotics work with my shoes? +

Formthotics complement the technical features of all types and models of sports, leisure and everyday shoes.
Formthotics are custom moulded sports orthotics. They are thermoformed to the exact shape of a user’s foot or shoe. For a premium fit, fitting should be done by trained store staff for Formthotics Sport, Formthotics Everyday and Formthotics Youth product brands.
Formthotics are custom-fitted to both the foot and shoe. They continue to mould during the first three days of use to accommodate the dynamic aspects of your body and shoe in the performance of your sport or activity.
Sports people who use Formthotics report better balance, enhanced feel for the surface beneath the foot, better leg speed, greater comfort and less fatigue.
Although Formthotics can safely be transferred from one shoe to another without re-moulding, every shoe is different so we recommend you have a Formthotics moulded for each pair of shoes.

Can I wash my Formthotics? +

Yes you can. Simply wash them in cold or warm water with a little detergent and rinse with water. Dry them with a towel and replace them in your shoes. The Formax foam is waterproof and does not absorb sweat, preventing the growth of bacteria and fungi which causes foot odour and may lead to infection or athlete’s foot (tinea). have added protection of an  product called Ultra-Fresh.

Are Formthotics safe to use? +

Formthotics are as safe as your own natural footprints. When you first start using Formthotics, your feet and legs may take a few days to become accustomed. This is because your feet are getting a level of support and control that they have never had before and your leg alignment has been slightly altered because of this. If they still don’t feel right after 3 days, they can be re-moulded and re-adjusted at any time. However if your experiencing foot pain please contact your local podiatrist or sports physician.

What if I have an injury? +

If you have lower limb or foot pain we recommend that you seek the advice of a Podiatrist, Sports doctor, Physiotherapist, musculoskeletal Physician or other medical practitioners that specialise in foot pain. Pain suggests that you have a lower limb or foot problem that requires the expert attention of a trained specialist.

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You cannot see Formthotics inside a shoe, so it’s hard to tell who is wearing them and who is not. Formthotics are used by people all around the world from elite and recreational sports people to those who are on their feet at work all day, for all occasions at work and at play.

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Sport Formthotics
Customised orthotics help you to gain the most enjoyment and performance in your sport. People who use Formthotics Sport report better stability, enhanced feel beneath the foot, greater warmth and comfort, and less muscle fatigue.
Everyday Formthotics
When you’re on your feet for long periods of time, Formthotics Everyday insoles help keep you feeling your best. They prevent pain and discomfort, increase support and improve fit. Outstanding comfort for long standing heroes.
Youth Formthotics
Formthotics Youth are specifically designed for young, growing feet, which can be sensitive and require extra comfort and support as they develop and reach adult size at around 12 years.