I'm no stranger to sore and tired feet and I'm sure you aren't either! It's become worse since becoming a mom. I'm carrying extra weight most of the day (wiggly extra weight at that!) so it doesn't take much before I'm dreaming of foot massages. I've used a few inserts in the past, but they never seemed to make much of a difference. They usually didn't fit into my shoes very well or required me to trim them. They'd provide short term relief, but it wasn't more than a few days to a week until I was convinced they were worn out.
When I received the opportunity to try out Dr. Scholl's Custom Fit Orthotic inserts, I was very curious! They are about $50 a pair, so it's not something you want to buy on a whim.
First, I had to visit a Custom Fit Orthotic Center kiosk. Unlike other inserts I've tried, it's not just a generic one based on shoe size. These utilize foot mapping technology which uses more than 2,000 sensors to figure out where you put the most pressure on your feet. The inserts are more unique depending on pressure and your arch height.
I headed to Walmart and found a kiosk in the Pharmacy area. The kiosk itself was easy to use. I slipped off my shoes and stood on the sensors, following the prompts on the screen. Although there are printed lines for your heel and foot to be within, I sort of wish it was more like a shoe horn with my heel pressed back against something. I kept trying to lift my pant legs up to make sure I was lined up right. As the sensors worked, it felt like a video game since I needed to lean until I got the circle into a certain spot. I found out I didn't need to have precise aim with it though.
After that, it shows this neat mapping of your feet and provides the code for your insert. I have low arches (I didn't realize this!) and lots of pressure. It make sense, I guess, since I often have aches through the middle of my feet. My insert is CF410.
I stuck them into my shoes right away. They look a little odd since they don't fill the whole shoe and stop just past my arch. So, they cover the back half of my shoes. I only put them into my walking shoes, but they should fit most shoes. Unfortunately, I didn't really have any other decent shoes to test them with since my feet changed from pregnancy and my other shoes are slip on sandals!
I've been using them everyday for the past two and a half weeks. I've really put them to the test too! We take a mile walk nearly everyday and I'm usually wearing Rissa for these walks. I also wear her while grocery shopping. We've also taken a few longer walks around town (2-3 miles!) with these babies!
At first, I could really notice them in my shoes. It felt like my feet were too high in my shoes, like my heels kept wanting to slip out. Well, I used to be the “keep my shoes tied and slip them on and off all the time” person, but with the inserts I can't just slide my shoes on without untying and adjusting properly. (Like normal people, says my husband!)
Right away they were comfortable. I've grown used to them and barely notice that they are there, but I have not been having tired achy feet! Just tired legs and thighs from so much walking! Seriously though, my feet and back feel much better since I started using these. Since these are supposed to fit into most any shoe, I imagine you could switch them around as needed. That makes the price easier to justify.
These inserts are really nice! I love them for long babywearing walks!
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Disclosure: I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Dr. Scholl’s and received a Custom Fit Orthotics from Dr. Scholl’s to facilitate my review.
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