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post #4051 of 52378
I've been taking some of my shoes into work as they don't fit the orthodics I have to wear (wear some beaters for the walk, then switch into them at work). Seems the general populance don't know what shoe trees are... I've been asked by 6 people "what are those things in your shoes?"
post #4052 of 52378
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I've been taking some of my shoes into work as they don't fit the orthodics I have to wear (wear some beaters for the walk, then switch into them at work). Seems the general populance don't know what shoe trees are... I've been asked by 6 people "what are those things in your shoes?"

The orthotics should fit all shoes. What kind do you have?

I've just got a new set of orthotics - they fit everythink.
post #4053 of 52378
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The orthotics should fit all shoes. What kind do you have?

I've just got a new set of orthotics - they fit everythink.

I should have been more specifc...they're $600 podiatrist orthoses and take up a lot of room unfortunately. My podiatrist recommended getting some ecco's or rockports (not bloody likely), so I have some over the counter cheapo's that I use when wearing my work shoes at work.
post #4054 of 52378
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I should have been more specifc...they're $600 podiatrist orthoses and take up a lot of room unfortunately. My podiatrist recommended getting some ecco's or rockports (not bloody likely), so I have some over the counter cheapo's that I use when wearing my work shoes at work.

Hahahahaha, that's dedication.
post #4055 of 52378
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I should have been more specifc...they're $600 podiatrist orthoses and take up a lot of room unfortunately. My podiatrist recommended getting some ecco's or rockports (not bloody likely), so I have some over the counter cheapo's that I use when wearing my work shoes at work.

John this is the problem of the poddy geniuses dictating what shoe you will wear (Eccos etc) to incorporate their dumb orthotic instead of getting the right orthotic for normal shoes. Oh and the line will be these ones (Eccos) are best for you...like "sensible shoes" for chicks! Not happening. By the same token getting the orthotics right is a challenge. BTW AUD600 for orthotics is exorbitant. Did that include a full biomechanics test and foot mouldings? Actual orthotics are around AUD250-300.
post #4056 of 52378
I asked the "poddy genius" (nice one) if we could make one to fit my shoes and he advised against it. To be fair, my plantar fasciitis has all but gone since wearing them which is something off the shelf orthotics wasn't doing.
post #4057 of 52378
Interesting, I suffer from a pretty severe case of a collapsed arch, but my podiatrist recommended me a 3/4 orthotic as I mentioned to him that I tend to wear dress shoes quite a bit.

Here's a few pictures of it....please excuse the quality of the shots, just testing out the i-pod touch.

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My poddy put my foot on a flatbed scanner which then generated a 3D-scan of my feet, and then it was sent to the labs for about $450 just for a pair. I had to make a follow up appointment for my first fitting. Thankfully it fit rather well, otherwise I will have to come back in another 2 weeks to try out a remake. It took some time to get used to the sensation as I went for the hardest thermoplastic setting as it offers the best arch support, but I can easily ignore it after a few minutes of walking now

Fitting wise is pretty alright for the Herring Shoes Loakes and Cheaney G-Widths that I wear

Just curious John, is the process and the orthotic type similar for someone who has plantar fasciitis?
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post #4058 of 52378
He drew some lines on my calves and feet, then took video of me walking on a treadmill. Then put on a special sock to do the 3-d imaging. The result:



As you can see there is quite a build up on the heal. There is also some build up where the plantar fascia runs. I found them easy to get used to, but then I've been using off the shelf ones for years.

These fit in some of my shoes, but not my C&J's.
post #4059 of 52378
I see, that's interesting I did the treadmill thingy as well... But I didn;t exactly have to wear a special sock for the 3-d imaging scan. I'm guessing bsaed on what I'm seeing on your orthotic, the fit issue I'm guessing is more towards the heel area?


My slight issue now though with a shoe or two in the instep area.. as mine pushed some "feet fat"
upwards....

Cute lil furball you have there
post #4060 of 52378
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Indeed I believe it is time.


And JohnsNotHere: Hahaha I just tried crossing my eyes to see if I can see your cat in 3D.
post #4061 of 52378
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Originally Posted by JohnsNotHere View Post
I should have been more specifc...they're $600 podiatrist orthoses and take up a lot of room unfortunately. My podiatrist recommended getting some ecco's or rockports (not bloody likely), so I have some over the counter cheapo's that I use when wearing my work shoes at work.


I've been wearing custom made for years - my new pair cost around $690. The $690 includes assessment. fitting, making, and subsequent adjustments and followup's. Some - sfa- was refunded on PI.

This podiatrist is great - he did video on treadmill - and showed me blow ups and marking in big screen. He saved that to file for future. Then did his own visual assessment walking up and down a long passage. Then I had a plaster cast made of exact foot. Then measurements etc.

We were going to do Carbon fibre cos its light, modern groovy and can be made thin so takes up less room in shoe.

However he decided on the normal hard compound as it is easier to shave bits off and add bits on (impossible with Carbon) to fit shoe or changing foot.

He also took out insole padding on a few of my shoes and re-glued inside leather base thus saving a bit of space.

Far from advising on shoes like Rockport, he advises against them as they feel soft etc on first few wears but quickly conform to foot and don't provide real support for specific problems. They are OK for some people he says.

He liked my shoes and was interested to get Pediwear and Herring sites online to buy a pair of brogues for himself.

His view was many, not all, problems are caused by bad shoes, and for many people he only has to direct them to "better" not perfect, shoes - eg Rockports. But he said: "You seem to know good shoes that fit and give support". Some of my issue is a "floppy ankle", which is why many of my shoes are actually boots, as well as other lower leg issues that can only be solved by different genetics not exercise (despite some well meaning hippy advice).

I'll do pics in a few days.

edit:: I must say - my guy says its part science - part art. He said its all a trade off to some extent and he would have changed the orthotic to fit the shoes - although he didn't have too. His view was unless you are wearing very shite shoes (in his view most people esp. women) then the orthotic must fit shoe without stretching /distorting shoes etc.
post #4062 of 52378
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Originally Posted by JohnsNotHere View Post
He drew some lines on my calves and feet, then took video of me walking on a treadmill. Then put on a special sock to do the 3-d imaging. The result:



As you can see there is quite a build up on the heal. There is also some build up where the plantar fascia runs. I found them easy to get used to, but then I've been using off the shelf ones for years.

These fit in some of my shoes, but not my C&J's.

I'm no foot expert (however I do a good impersonation of one on the internets) but that orthotic shouldn't have that "rubber" addition on it first up - maybe after one year or so and changes to foot.

Was it a proper "bespoke" or a "custom fit" or MTM or OTR?

(sorry couldn't resist - but genuine question. Mine are, naturally , bespoke.)
post #4063 of 52378
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Originally Posted by JohnsNotHere View Post
He drew some lines on my calves and feet, then took video of me walking on a treadmill. Then put on a special sock to do the 3-d imaging. The result:



As you can see there is quite a build up on the heal. There is also some build up where the plantar fascia runs. I found them easy to get used to, but then I've been using off the shelf ones for years.

These fit in some of my shoes, but not my C&J's.

btw I'm a bit worried about that cat - can I have your address I'll send RSPCA around - its dead I think. Or have you been using it to polish your shoes?
post #4064 of 52378
Good post fxh. My podiatrist said something similiar in regards to the trade off aspect. Because my feet are particularly bad (completly flat, heel spur, chronic case of plantar facistis). His recommendation was to do a full orthotic for now, and potentially looking at a new insert 6 months down the track that have some mods. The heel lift I assume is required for my condition, and yes, they are bespoke

To be honest I'm just happy to be able to walk by and large pain free (but I refuse to do it in some fuck ugly Rockforts, and I'm glad your podiatrist doesn't rate them). When the condition is at it's worse it's literally impossible to put any weight on your foot, so it's been a big relief.

Look forward to seeing some pics of your's to see what's possible.

That cat plays dead a lot when it's not bringing cockroaches into the house.
post #4065 of 52378
Classic cat photo bomb.
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