Have you tried DoctorInsole orthotic insoles? I imagine that if you have had orthotic inserts of any kind per your doctor’s recommendation , they were most likely costly with or without insurance. Plus, there’s the process of getting fitted of course. DoctorInsole is the first over-the-counter custom-grade orthotic insole, at a much more affordable price point while not compromising on quality.
Upon the realization that 80% of foot problems could be alleviated with insoles, Dr. Robert J. Joseph initially created LifeStep (labeled Gen 1) to distribute pressure. The LifeStep is most suited for wider shoes and so-called work boots and is sold as a uni-sex insole. In an effort to design a custom-grade insole geared toward high impact movement, with the influence of science, bio-mechanics and consumer research, adjustments were made and the FitStep was the result for an over the counter version at a fraction of the cost of custom fitted insoles sold through doctors.
DoctorInsole’s insoles are meant to ‘comfort’, ‘relieve’, ‘correct’ and ‘stabilize’. In a nutshell, (omitting some details), your body can function more efficiently with better support that contours to your unique foot. We are all unique and we all have different issues or pains and pressure points!
The support of DoctorInsoles can help a number of foot conditions that affect men and women of all ages including plantar fascitis. I personally almost never watch American football but I will admit I was familiar with the fact that Eli Manning, aka Giants quarterback was said to have plantar fascitis, and lost playing time. It seemed everyone thought if they had pain, they had this same condition. Maybe you do. I am not the doctor! Although, there are many other issues/pains that can occur that may be alleviated with DoctorInsoles from foot numbness to splin shints, neuroma and achilles tendinitis.
Speaking from experience, I have had sporadic episodes of neuroma which can cause painful muscle spasms at any given moment. The pain does not only occur when wearing heels. There was a time, I got a shot of cortisone, and I can say I gave in and did this because the nerve pains were so bad that I was desperate BUT that shot was surely one of the most painful things I ever felt. That was over 5 years ago and I believe my scream could have been heard through the bricks to the next office building and apparently it wasn’t so unusual! Well, I never did that again thankfully but if there are methods to make that episode less likely when wearing either running shoes or heels, I am glad to try it!
Below are images of the Fitstep for both men and women to be used in your running shoes or hiking shoes or whichever shoes you use for more rigorous workouts and activity where you need significant stability. For some, this could be throughout the day, depending on your work and lifestyle. The insole is composed of a polypropylene shell and memory foam allowing for cushion-like fit and a shock absorbing cover for corrective support.
DoctorInsole Orthotic Insole Patents
These are the insoles I have been using in my running shoes since the end of April. I posted a photo on Instagram and FB when I first got started using them. FYI! Maybe this is obvious to most, but remember, remove the old insoles and then place your DoctorInsole insoles in places of the originals.
A ‘break in’ period of at least 48 hours (rather 2 or 3 workouts), is necessary at the least. These photos were taken a little over a month and a week after first having been placed in my Nikes but you do not need to wait nearly that long to adjust. (Technically I really didn’t run for two weeks of that time though because I was quite under the weather for 2 weeks at laest! 🙁 )
It was comfortable to run in them from the beginning even if it I felt a difference and added cushion. It is suggested you try them in different shoes, but as I have mainly been wearing this shoe right now, I have not taken my insoles out except to take the photos.
*I do feel I have more support and have not had any neuromas recently. On that front, one month may not be enough time to say a sporadic issue will not return but I am keeping these in my running shoes and would suggest giving them a try if you need comfort and stability!
It is clear from the photos above how the inserts molded to the unique arch of my foot by means of the memory foam. Consensus is I do not have any interest in putting the original soles back in!
Below is HighStep insole placed inside the classic pointy toe suede pumps I have shown recently. (Red wine and navy are simply the most luscious colors!)
HighStep insoles are meant to provide arch support, stabilization to enhance ‘lateral stability’, and pressure relief whether wearing heels for a serious meeting, dinner and dancing or wherever you want! * Most suited for any heel over 2 1/2 inches.
Again, an adjustment period is needed and I was advised that it does depend on the heel and the insoles might not work with any heel for that matter.
Since I have been obsessed with these shoes, I only tried the HighStep wih this specific heel. That considered, my thoughts are that it can be trickier to get the insole to fit properly and bend to the shape of the heel especially in the beginning. You may initially think it’s not sturdy. That aside, the cushion gives a significant amount of support and I could definitely walk more comfortably in these with the insoles in. I had worn them once before and walked several blocks but particularly as these are not a platform, I was yearning for something to make them a bit more comfortable as they still make me royally amazing and fierce pain or not! These shoes fit very well originally but any heel without a platform often deserves extra cushion and that’s where these insoles come in!
So, I do intend to try these with other heels, especially a pointy toe heel and will share my thoughts on Instagram for sure.
Overall, the HighStep provides a significant amount of added cushion and support to feel more stabile as long as they can fit into your particular heels. You won’t mind walking further than normal. Two, if you normally have pain after wearing heels, these could help.
(DoctorInsoles have much more support than those pads you place at the ball of your foot )
No, I still do not suggest ‘running in heels’ as that will ruin your heels and get you stuck in a crevice when you are not paying attention or fall on your face! DON’T DO IT
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