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Are the store bought shoe inserts about as good as custom orthotics?

Are the store bought shoe inserts about as good as custom orthotics?

No.: The store-bought inserts tend to break down over the course of year of use, while the custom made devices can last over a decade, depending on how active you are. Custom inserts are also molded to match a cast of your foot, so they will provide much more individualized support. ...Read more

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Dr. Libby Putnam
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Orthotics (Definition)

A orthotic is a small piece of medical equipment that braces a bone and/or joint, to keep it in a better position, either at rest, during activities, or both. Examples of orthotics are plastic ankle braces to aid recovery from an ankle sprain, arched insoles to support flat feet, ankle-foot braces to help kids with cerebral ...Read more


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I'm looking for a really good orthotic insert for my shoes. Any recommendations? I have terrible flat feet due to Marfan syndrome.

I'm looking for a really good orthotic insert for my shoes. Any recommendations?  I have terrible flat feet due to Marfan syndrome.

Marfan or Marfanoid: flat feet: "Severe hindfoot valgus, also noted as medial deviation of medial malleolus (by clinical finding, not imaging)" is usually present, and treatment may be a matter of personal preference...Orthotics may be useful if pain is present. Custom-made soft orthotics may be needed to assure the proper fit essential for effective treatment." pdf download for orthopedic care found at marfan.org ...Read more

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How can you keep orthotic shoe inserts from squeaking?

Determine : If it is the orthotic itself or is the orthotic causing the shoe itself to squeak. I think it is the shoe. ...Read more

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Tips of both big toes are numb, one more than the other.no discolouration. shoes are wide and have orthotic inserts. ideas?

Tips of both big toes are numb, one more than the other.no discolouration. shoes are wide and have orthotic inserts.  ideas?

Digital nerve: This could be the onset of neuropathy, but more likely, compression of the nerves on the sides of the toes causes this. If it is tight inside the tip of your shoes, the answer is compression. ...Read more

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7 y/o c/o intermittent upper right thigh pain x2-3 weeks. Has hypotonia, pronated ankles, orthotic inserts for shoes. Possible causes?

7 y/o c/o intermittent upper right thigh pain x2-3 weeks. Has hypotonia, pronated ankles, orthotic inserts for shoes. Possible causes?

Thigh pain: There could be a couple if reasons for thigh pain. If the pain is consistent i would recommend a trip to your doctor. The pediatrician will check your child's thigh but also the hip and the knee. Children can get referred pain tithe thigh from both the hip an the knee so important to check those too. ...Read more

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I have been having foot pain for a couple days now. I used to wear orthotic shoe inserts.I have knee problem. This is on my left foot. It's pulsating.

Need new orthotics!: If you used to wear them and now they are either too small or they are worn, your body is telling you something. For the pain, rub your foot in the arch area to warm it up. Also, a nice cold bottle that you can roll your foot on will help decrease the pain and pulsating. ...Read more

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Have mild overpronation off rack orthotics podiatrist said good not custom shoe that r supportive good what 2 look 4 other than sneaker what features?

If you are wearing: An orthotic i think the shoe becomes less important as the orthotic will improve the shoe function. For example i think those canvas keds are horrible for feet as they lack support, but if you place an orthotic in it it turns the bad shoe into an acceptable one. ...Read more

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I started to wear orthotics for sneakers. I want to wear sandals too, where should I buy shoes?

NAOT: More and more brands make their sandals with "built-in" arches naot is one of the higher end brands that makes them with removable arch supports. ...Read more

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What tennis shoes and/or orthotics are good for a sway back? I'm trying to correct my posture.

See below: The shoe does not make much difference. You need a custom orthotic made to your feet to help control the motion and foot position ...Read more

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Where can you buy Orthotic shoes my mom have arthoritis in the knee ?

Orthotics purchase: Depending on where you live and what is available in your community will determine your options. Price can vary from $10->$500 depending on off the self or custom made. Medical device stores carry both; Walgreens; Shoe stores such as New Balance, Walking store, etc. Many podiatrists can evaluate your needs and build an orthotic. Whatever you choose start slowly with gradual increase in wearing. ...Read more