Shoes and Custom Orthotics

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  1. Renfrow

    Renfrow New User

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    I have been fighting plantar fascitis for quite a while now and decided to buck up and have some custom orthotics made to help fight it. I got them in a couple of weeks ago and am having trouble. THe orthotics are the 3/4 type and the doctor told me to just leave the OEM insole in and put the orthotic on top. This makes it seem like I am riding too high in the shoes and my ankle isn't real secure. What are some shoes that you would recommend for use with this type of orthotic?
     
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  2. spectrablue

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    Sorry to hear that you are dealing with plantar fascitis. It is a painful condition that requires some work to get rid of it. You have to look for a pair of shoes that rides lower to begin with. Two shoes that comes to mind is the Prince T22 and the Babolat Propulse 2. They feel much lower to the ground than the shoes I have been wearing.

    I also wear custom orthotics but they run the full length of the shoe and they do replace the insoles. Next time try getting the full length ones because they are much better than the ones that you have now.
     
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  3. Carolina Racquet

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    I also have 3/4 length orthotics and I too found they didn't work well with the original insole in place... So, I opted to remove it and use Thorlos for additional cushioning.

    So far, so good. The height feels good and I have no discomfort.

    Another option would be replacing the insole with a gel insert before adding the orthotic. It will eliminate the excess "build up" the insole has in the arch and heel areas.
     
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  4. billsgwn

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    I had this problem also but went with shoes with great cushioning like the Prince T10 and Head Prestige Pros and the problem has gone away.
     
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  5. The Dude

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    Can anyone recommend some sort of adhesive or tape that would keep my custom orthodics from sliding around inside my tennis shoes, but still allow them to be swapped to other shoes easily?
     
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  6. Speed Kat

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    i used regular masking tape but then put the oem insole on top and it miraculasly held in place for 8 months.. $0.80 tape.. heh
     
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  7. Renfrow

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    So, you put your orthotic underneath the OEM insole?
     
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  8. djNEiGht

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    consider velcro
     
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  9. mctennis

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    Go back to where you got your orthotics and talk with them about the problem. Once you start messing around with them they will not ( I will say will not but possibly will not) cover any damage you do to them by making alterations to them by yourself. Then you may be out the cost of another pair. Why didn't they make a full orthotic for you. I have one in my shoes and play tennis also.
     
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  10. Cindysphinx

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    I got custom orthotics from a sports podiatrist for PF. He knew I was a tennis player. My doc got me full-length ones.

    I also use some 3/4 ones I purchased from a sports store. I use these directly on the bottom of the shoe, removing the factory insole. I think the full-length ones are best for tennis because of the starting and stopping. I can use the 3/4 ones with the thickest Thorlos available, and I don't feel the need to tape them in or anything. They do squeak a lot, though.

    I would suggest that you go back to your podiatrist. I think the doc should re-do your insoles so that they are full-length. My doc was of the opinion that the extra padding under the ball of the foot wasn't necessary in controlling PF, and that is probably why your doc thought the 3/4 one would be fine. The extra padding is important for tennis, IMHO, to avoid having your foot sliding around.

    I think that it should not be a big deal to re-manufacture your orthotic to be full length. They would need to take the hard arch support part out and then append it to a full-length insole. If your orthotics were as expensive as mine were ($300), this seems like the least they can do to make sure you have an insole you can live with.

    Do not wear the orthotic over the factory insole. I did that once and rolled my ankle a bit and toppled over. My ankles felt unstable using the orthotic in this way.
     
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  11. Dags

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    Try putting some talc/baby powder underneath the orthotic.
     
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  12. jester911

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    Another shoe that can be very good for someone with feet issues is New Balance. If can get to one of their retail stores they can fit you with what you need.
     
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