Do Orthotics Really Help?
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WashingtonDame January 17, 2011 · 3:33 pm
I had a plantar fasciitis with a heel spur in my left foot for years. I had pain every day and had to take NSAIDs to the point where my stomach was completely messed up. Then I went to a new podiatrist who told me to wear New Balance inserts for walking shoes and 3/4 Spenco inserts for dress shoes. I was skeptical, but they worked! The pain was gone in few weeks, and I haven’t had any problems since. I have to wear shoes with inserts all the time, except for sleep and the shower, but it’s worth it to be pain-free.
Mouse January 17, 2011 · 5:25 pm
After spending more than $500 on orthotics, the only thing that helps my feet is Dr Scholl’s Memory Fit insoles. I buy my shoes 1/2 size larger to accomodate them. No more pain!
Seahorse, January 17, 2011 · 4:41 pm
I got custom made orthotics a few years ago. Supposedly, they would help my balance, among other things. My balance is worse than ever and so is my leg pain. While I don’t blame my orthotics, necessarily, I don’t think they help with those issues, either. I can only wear shoes with either ties or straps, so my shoe selection is really limited, especially when it comes to dressier shoes. I don’t mind not being able to wear anything with heels, but the selection out there for orthotic-friendly shoes is really dismal, not to mention expensive, for the most part. I don’t have very many shoes. It is just too much of a hassle to try to find something compatible with the orthotics. On the other hand, I don’t pronate as much with orthotics, so I guess they are good for something.
a runner January 17, 2011 · 4:48 pm
I have had orthotics that “helped” and those that just killed my feet. Having gone from prescribed orthotics to OTC ones – my take on it is that a nice cushioned OTC insert makes my legs hurt less when I run on pavement. On the track – I wear a very unstructured x-c shoe – nice and flexible. Less is more.
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