In the last few years, due to aging, no doubt, foot pain has become a problem. I believe the condition is plantar faciitis as well as some minor arthritis pain. What ever the condition, I decided to try and alleviate the pain with out drugs and or store bought orthotics. I came up with the idea of making arch supports and insoles out of available materials, hence these instructables. (Seehttp://www.instructables.com/id/EG67HR3GGPETHHH/
) for a companion instructable. This instructable is focused on the arch support aspect of the problem.
Step 1: Gather Materials and Tools
To make the arch supports, some stretch fabric I had on hand was used as the material, while I started out with new grout sponges as the padding portion. I made the first few by sewing by hand, but switched to a sewing machine as my production numbers increased.
Step 2: Cut Material To Sizes Needed
From the pictures shown, dimension of materials to be cut are shown. Keep in mind that these dimensions are very flexible, i.e., foot size varies depending on the individual, so adjust dimensions as needed.
Step 3: Cut Sponge Material To Size.
As indicated in pictures, various foam sources can be used. I started with grout sponge material, and these worked very well. Later on, I begin to think more "stiffness" or firmness to the sponge material would work better. I came a cross a tailbone support donut in a thrift shop, and it seemed to have the firmness I was looking for. It worked better! So that is my final material of choice, although the other sponges can be used, and simply add thicker pieces, and/or additional pieces as needed to achieve the support your foot needs. Also pictured is a section of tempurpedic foam, or "memory" foam as it were.
Step 4: Sew Cloth Together To Form Supports
Using a sewing machine makes very short work of this project. First, sew small "pocket"
piece to the longer band of material. Then sew band that fits around foot together by turning inside out and matching up ends. Sew, then reverse sewn band so good side of material is on the outside