I’ll admit it. I have freakish feet. I’ve been self-contious of it since be heckled by a group of eighth grade boys (“You could join the ski team and don’t need the skis!”). Not fond memories. As you’ve now pictured, they’re long, skinny and narrow.
When I vacationed to Vegas with friends from high school last June I went in knowing there’d be a lot of walking. That said we were at the pool in the morning and went from there to walking the strip in the heat of midday. I kept my sandals on. Wrong move. After about six hours of non-stop walking I was literally limping back to the car. Something was wrong with my left foot. Ouch.
After sticking to the sneakers for the rest of the trip (apart from a very medicated evening when we went out to a fancy show) I came home and immediately made an appointment with a doctor. As I suspected I had broken my left foot that first day. What happened in Vegas – came home from Vegas. I spent the next few weeks in a massive black boot (not so summery) and then a tight lace-up brace. “So Doctor, how do I avoid this from happening again?” I was told to do strengthening exercises for my ankles and buy good inserts for my shoes. His advice, “Get something as expensive as your shoes and you’ll be looking at a worthwhile insert.”
Ironically Emilie had recently offered me an insole review and I jumped at the chance. These DoctorInsole orthotic inserts aren’t cheap at $89.95 per pair. They seem to be quality when it comes to actual support however. I’ve heard custom orthotics can be much more expensive although you benefit from having them fit to your foot. I did ask my doctor if I needed the custom orthotic but he suggested a well-built insert would do fine for me.
This multi sport orthotic insole is built with a 3 mm shell to contour to any patient’s biomechanical support requirements. The shell is laminated between a shock absorbing custom top cover and a second layer of padding for added comfort. The bottom cover adds life and durability to the sport insole. Made of the same material as prescriptive orthotics, the polygrade shell allows for optimal support without the bulkiness of store bought arch supports, which means it will fit in a greater variety of shoes. Additionally we’ve added other characteristics including internal posting which further balances the foot to a neutral position for optimal stability.
I tried the DoctorInsole multi sport orthotic insole. I’ve been wearing my gym shoes a lot since the break because they’re simply the only pair of shoes I have that don’t make my foot hurt. Although it felt strange to wear the insole at first I quickly got used to it. They suggest wearing it for a short time at first and slowly increasing the length of time.
Because of my extremely skinny, but long feet I find it hard to find shoes to fit. If they make them long they also make them wide and I’ve found it necessary to have the added insole for fit as well as functional support. They work great in my dress boots, rain boots and hopefully my winter boots (I needed an insert for them last winter and hope these will also fit). At nearly $90 a pair I switch these from shoe to boot as I need to.
I was a little nervous the added support would mess with the alignment of my back and cause concerns there but so far I haven’t noticed any negative effects. I’ll certainly keep close attention to this however.
DoctorInsole also makes these supportive fashion orthotics for women’s and men’s dress shoes. I’d LOVE to try a pair of those as I can’t ever find a pair of dress shoes that fit and I can actually wear for any length of time without pain.
Doctor Insole has generously offered one lucky reader a customized DoctorInsole shoe insole set. This is a value of $89.95!
Disclosure: I received a sample for the purpose of this review. All thoughts remain my own.