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    I've used orthorics since my first bunion surgery in 1991. I bought a pair of custom orthotics for $300 used them for a number of years. I hated them because they were only 1/2 length to to use them I had to cut all my shoe inserts to fit and the things would still slide around. More recently my podiatrist was trying to sell me another pair of custom orthotics, these days they retail for $600.

    Upon gagging on the price of the custom orthotics, I have it from a recently completed podiatry resident that the OTC stuff is just as good as the custom stuff, and there are several studies that prove this. So on his recommendation, I use Powerstep full-length inserts and LOVE LOVE LOVE them. I'm someone who has gone thru 3 bunion surgeries and pretty much depend on my feet being comfortable, particularly w/ the hours of cardio I do for prep.

    Could not recommend a product more highly: http://www.powersteps.com/products

    They're more expensive than Dr Scholls, but they are amazing and will treat you well. Very much worth the money and like 200% cheaper than the custom orthotics from the podiatrist.
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    I've gotten the Original & Pinnacle. There's as $10 difference between the two. I think if you wanted to try them, get the Original and then if you like them, get another pair or two around Xmas and take advantage of some of their deals like free shipping.

    I'd also do a search for coupons or deals. I found the Pinnacle for $35 at Zappos: http://www.zappos.com/search/accesso...Q&zfcTest=gs:0

    Or even better, Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Powerstep-Full.../dp/B000FFTDEY

    Here's a whole bunch of comparison prices:http://www.thefind.com/beauty/browse...step-orthotics

    But looks like Amazon is the best by $10.
    Last edited by sassy69; 04-24-2012 at 11:44 PM.
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    I'd also check to see if your medical insurance covers them. Depending on the coverage, you could be in line to get some real help in financing custom ones.

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    I have flat feet and seriously sometimes it makes hate life(that and super hot weather in TX).

    From my research superfeet seems to make the best insoles but they are $30-$50...some are even high I believe but check out the reebok realflex...I have about 13-15 shoes and they are the only ones I wear. They are the best shoes and that is without a different insole in them while I have a air flat fleet whatever whatever insole in my other shoes.

    BTW superfeet makes insoles that form to your feet and they work really good from all the reviews I've read....I think they are about $60(tops) but still pretty expensive but much cheaper than theorthotics made ones

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    gail, get orthotics. i got mine in january last year..changed my life.

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    Also, see if the shoes they sell at the place are also covered by insurance.

    Weightlifting shoes you may also want to consider if you have trouble with foot stability while doing heavy barbell work. These nike ones have a removable sole which you can use your orthotics in place of them.

    http://www.roguefitness.com/nike-romaleos-2.php

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