Good multipurpose orthotic?

Discussion in 'Health & Fitness' started by clutch21, Dec 10, 2012.

  1. clutch21

    clutch21 Rookie

    Aug 1, 2011
    I'm looking for an orthotic that is good for just walking around, as well as to use in my tennis shoes. I'm thinking that I'm starting to develop haglund's deformity also, as i'm experiencing Achilles pain and have a noticeable bony protuberance on the back of one of my Achilles. Is there any good gel inserts that you guys recommend for everyday use?
  2. volusiano

    volusiano Hall of Fame

    Oct 22, 2006
    I saw Costco selling some but I can't vouch for how good they are since I never tried them.
  3. LeeD

    LeeD Bionic Poster

    Dec 28, 2008
    East side of San Francisco Bay
    Sounds like you're looking for a gel type cushioning orthodic, oppossed to an arch support.
    But some don't have great heel cups, like arch supports seem to have.
    Dr.Soles have gell insoles, but with little heel cup.
    Go to a shoe specialist store.
  4. charliefedererer

    charliefedererer Legend

    Feb 13, 2009

    Are you under the care of a doctor or podiatrist to help you with this problem?

    Are you wearing appropriate shoes?

    Are you doing exercises like the following?

    I use Superfeet Orange in my tennis and running shoes, as well as my dress shoe and boots. I find it gives me great support, and reasonable padding. They are quite durable.

    Mikeler just reported in another post he likes the Dr. Scholl's sport replacement insoles. (For me, they didn't provide enough support.)

    Systemic Anomaly has reported here that he gets great support and a "custom fit" from Dr. Scholl's custom fit orthotic insoles. There are kiosks in many pharmacies where you step on a platform that senses your weight distribution, and instantly recommends which of these insoles would be best for you.

    But some will require a custom orthotic fitted by a podiatrist, because no other insole will work properly for their foot.
  5. mikeler

    mikeler Moderator

    Sep 26, 2008
    Central Florida
    I've also tried the Superfeet Green. Both gave me the comfort I needed but the Dr. Scholls are much less expensive. I think the Dr. Scholls are a good start and then if they don't work upgrade to a Superfeet product or other custom insole.
  6. SystemicAnomaly

    SystemicAnomaly G.O.A.T.

    Feb 25, 2006
    Stuck in the Matrix somewhere in Santa Clara CA
    Clutch, you might get some relief for heel pain with a simple heel cup (heel lift). A gel version might last longer. They worked fairly well for my heel and ankle spurs. It may or may not work satisfactorily in your particular case.

    For much better support for the entire foot, the Custom Fit Orthotic Inserts (from Dr Scholl's) might be one of the better alternatives to a very expensive true custom orthotic. The latter will cost several hundred dollars while the Custom Fit inserts from DS, will be about $40-$50 (rebates usually available). Well worth the price IMO. The footmapping system used for these DS inserts will select the best fit of 14 different choices.

    I have also used both Superfeet Green and Superfeet Orange and have gotten decent results. However, I have gotten the best results, by far, from the DS Custom Fit inserts.
    Last edited: Dec 13, 2012

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