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Shoe inserts/insolesoldbutslow
Nov 29, 2003 9:52 AM
I need to replace the insoles in my shoes and was wondering if anybody has any experience with the heat moldable type?

In particular, I was looking at these:

I should note that I do have a pronation issue with my right foot. Currently using Lewedge with some success.

re: Yes, custom orthoticshudsonite
Nov 29, 2003 10:52 AM
I use custom orthotics in my Sidi's all the time. They work great and are highly recommended for older folks that need to be careful with their knees and joints.

A good pair of orthotics are going to make your feet more comfortable and help in aligning your foot to your leg. Once you use them, you will never go back to the c**p they give you when you buy a pair of shoes.

An orthotic is only as good as the person that makes them. There are lots of 'off the shelf' footbeds on the market. They are better than what comes with your standard shoes, but not even close to a good custom orthotic.

For the very best, you need to visit a podiatrist (Doctor of Podiatry). The next best is a custom footbed from a sports store that makes and specializes in custom footbeds. A good place to start looking is ski shops. Skiers have used custom footbeds now for 25 years. Ski shops have lots of experience in making the footbeds for ski and hiking boots. Some even make them for cycling shoes.

Mine are from my ski boots. They were made about 12 years ago and still work great. Ski boots and cycling shoes have similar sole characteristics, in that they are both very stiff.

Good luck
2nd the orthoticskoala
Nov 29, 2003 12:21 PM
I have a neuroma in one foot and the orthotics helped a lot. Insurance paid a portion(half I think)of it too. The orthotics can be transferred to any footwear,too.
My user name...oldbutslow
Nov 29, 2003 2:18 PM
must have tipped you off : ) Yes, the joints are getting a little "rusty."

Excellent advice. I was thinking about taking the cheap route via mass market stuff. You suggestion of doing it right the first time is sage advice. Maybe, if I am lucky, I can get a referral through my HMO? If not, I am surrounded by ski shops in my area.

Thanks again
Ski shop is a good choicehudsonite
Nov 29, 2003 2:55 PM
A ski shop will charge you about $150. Some may charge a little more (upto $250), some as low as $125. But just remember that the busy season for ski shops is right now. If you go in, make sure it is during the quiet time of the week, otherwise you will not get the service required.

The best shops are the ones that specialize in hard to fit feet. These are typically the stores that will do custom footbeds, because they have to. Depending upon where you live, some bike stores are also ski stores in the winter. This is also a plus.

The HMO may be able to help you out. A pair of orthotics from a DR. is typically in the $500 range.
cycle-specific custom othoticseflayer2
Nov 30, 2003 1:50 PM
This doctor did mine in person, but he can do via the mail with custom molds you make of your feet. He is a cyclist and has worked with the Lance. He is in Marin County, CA.
cycle-specific custom othoticsoldbutslow
Dec 1, 2003 5:58 AM
Great website with lots of useful info and $200 smackers is a reasonable price.

If I am not able to work throught my HMO, will probably give this guy a try.