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Doctor insights on: Gel Inserts For Heels

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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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Turf toe. Need inserts for dress shoes. What OTC material is best? Gel, foam? Pain exacerbated recently.

Turf toe. Need inserts for dress shoes. What OTC material is best? Gel, foam? Pain exacerbated recently.

Go w/ rigid support: Believe it or not, you should buy something that will provide rigid support of the joint. The rigid support will prevent the toe from hyperextending while the tendons/ ligaments have a chance to heal. (www.Drmarkgalland.Com 10/16/2012). ...Read more

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Orthotic 4 overpron+bun use 2 wear aa shoe age+bunin med now.Heel back of heel ankle still slim use gel heeliner in all shoes even if think shoe fits?

Orthotic 4 overpron+bun use 2 wear aa shoe age+bunin med now.Heel back of heel ankle still slim use gel heeliner in all shoes even if think shoe fits?

Overkill: No, although the orthotic can address overpronation, no need for an extra heeliner. This will make the shoe too tight and uncomfortable and may actually exacerbate the bunion pain. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Use orthotic 4 overpronation+bunion used 2 wear aa width shoe age+bunin med width now.Heel backof heel&ankle still narrow should wear custom made shoe?

Use orthotic 4 overpronation+bunion used 2 wear aa width shoe age+bunin med width now.Heel backof heel&ankle still narrow should wear custom made shoe?

Gel heel liner: There are so many shapes and sizes of feet that shoe manufacturers cannot possibly make shoes for every need. What i would recommend you do is find a shoe that fits your toes and then purchase a gel heel liner that goes into the back of the shoe to help snug the shoe around the heel. You can search online for gel heel liners and you will likely find a company that sells them.N. ...Read more

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Have overpronation/bunion Podiatrist said custom orthotics not needed over counter good. Lace up shoes better for support than mary janes w thick strap?

All depend: All depend of the severity of the pronation and ethiology.Mild pronation can be treated with over the counter orthotics, however more severe pronation need custon made ones with especific characteristics incorporated into the design/construction to adrees the problem. ...Read more

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Can I use insoles for over pronated foot/ankle?

Can I use insoles for over pronated foot/ankle?

YES, BUT...: If you buy them OTC, they should be of a firmer material to support the foot; most commonly sold in sporting goods or running stores. Otherwise, a Rx pair from a podiatrist. Finally, there are several causes for this problem. Again, a podiatrist would know for sure if they may help. Sincerely, Dr. Latva ...Read more

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What shoe inserts are best for foot problems?

What shoe inserts are best for foot problems?

Depends...: You need to determine what is causing your pain. Podiatrists will examine and treat the cause of your foot problems but can also recommend proper shoes and if inserts are needed to avoid recurrence. The inserts (aka orhtotics) may be over the counter or prescription. ...Read more

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What shoe inserts are best for foot problems?

What shoe inserts are best for foot problems?

Generally, when one : Has a problem an orthotic is tailored to the persons problem. So knowing the issue would help make a recommendation. ...Read more

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What orthopedic inserts should I use in my shoes for fallen arches?

What orthopedic inserts should I use in my shoes for fallen arches?

Depends: If you are having pain try otc orthotics. Spenco is a good brand. Custom orthotics are expensive but well worth it. ...Read more

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Use back of heel cushions for foot heel to stay snug. Have over-pronation & orthotic. Heel cushion still allows for motion of heel. What is too much ?

Deep Heel Seat: It sounds as if the heel cushion is raising your heel and creating reafoot motion and instability. A deepened heel seat with your orthotic will help to stabilize the heel and prevent that excessive motion. A mofication to your orthtoic by your podiatrist will help. ...Read more

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I wear orthotic 4 over-pronation & bunion. Leather ankle booties which tie up r what i wear. Inserts unmovable. I place orthotics on top of them is ok?

I wear orthotic 4 over-pronation & bunion. Leather ankle booties which tie up r what i wear. Inserts unmovable. I place orthotics on top of them is ok?

Yes: Should be fine since boots have more depth. Just make sure liner is flat and does not tilt orthotics. Try it out and see if they feel any different compared to shoes without liners. If unsure consult with your doctor. ...Read more

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My foam shoe orthotic only comfortable in very few shoes. Often puts pressure wrong place. Would custom orthotics mean I could wear most shoes?

Yes an No.: Orthotics, whether custom or OTC can be a problem with finding shoes to accommodate them. I have had patients bring in shopping bags full of various orthotics prescribed for them. In most cases, these patients are frustrated with the limited selection of shoes they can wear. This dilemma often forces the patient to choose to skip wearing the orthotic, which is counter productive to having the it. ...Read more

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Did a custom insole for high arch foot using foam mold. Is it OK?

Did a custom insole for high arch foot using foam mold. Is it OK?

Foam mold: Yes as long as the person taking the impression knows about foot mechanics and proper positioning alternatives 1. 3d scan 2. plaster mold ...Read more

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What is a good insertable shoe insole for flat feet?

What is a good insertable shoe insole for flat feet?

Variety: There are many good otc insoles. A few of my favorites are: powersteps, superfeet, spenco orthotics and birkenstock. There are many others. You need to try them on as each will feel a little different. Too much support may not feel comfortable if your foot is very flat. Dr l. ...Read more

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Orthotic 4 overpronation used 2 wear aa shoe med now.Heel, back of heel ankle still slim use heeliner in all shoes even if think m shoe fits heelfine?

Orthotic 4 overpronation used 2 wear aa shoe med now.Heel, back of heel ankle still slim use heeliner in all shoes even if think m shoe fits heelfine?

Overkill: No, although the orthotic can address overpronation, no need for an extra heeliner. This will make the shoe too tight and uncomfortable. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Have over pronation, i remove footbeds & use orthotics. Many women's shoes slip up & down at heel. Recommend type of shoes to wear.

Shoes: Very common complaint among women. Unfortunately the best shoes for orthotics have a strong heel counter and some closure, either lace, velcro or strap ( note this is advice only. You must contact your primary care physician or podiatrist for an examination). ...Read more

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Have overpronation/flat feet & wear orthotics. Type of sneaker best to wear? Stability or neutral. I wear the orthotics w sneakers.

The orthotic is : More important than the sneaker type in my opinoin. If your orthotic is well made and controls the hyperpronation this is most important. ...Read more