An orthotic is just a device that is used to support, prevent, align. or correct a moveable part of the body. In today’s talk, we’re discussing specifically foot orthotics. (music) The reason why a lot of people use orthotics is that their body or their feet are working in a certain way that’s putting too much stress on the structures and by us giving them a device that goes into the shoe, we’re going to reduce the amount of movement and stress on those structures and that allows the body to heal and to continue to function. Foot orthotics can treat a wide variety of issues whether it’s heel pain, arch pain, top of the foot pain, ankle pain, ball of the foot pain, big toe pain, lots of things. But the truth is there’s a lot of people that still don’t really know how orthotics work. There’s been a lot of studies trying to decide what exactly do orthotics do and here in my practice and what I’ve seen and through the help of my dad’s experience we see that by reducing the amount of stress that goes into the foot, we get less stress on the tissue and now the body isn’t being damaged through daily activity, the body can heal, and return back to normal function. So no matter what your issue is, let’s just talk about the orthotic devices available to you guys and you guys can be the judge of if you need them and which one might be the best for you. The first device we’re going to be looking at today is a Dr. Scholl’s over-the-counter gel insole. What we have here is a Dr. Scholl’s massaging gel insole. It says it helps reduce muscle fatigue. As we can see, this is very very flexible. To me, this isn’t anything that’s going to give you support; there’s nothing really holding up your body’s weight. This is pure cushioning. The cushion is able to absorb some of the stress, when we’re pounding the ground, and that stress goes into this instead of going into our foot and that’s what can help reduce discomfort. We can see it’s very thin over here and much thicker underneath the heel. So this is mostly made for heel pain or heel discomfort because it will cushion the heel. This is something that I tell a lot of people to use if they’re doing a lot of walking. They’re not really having foot discomfort, but want to make the shoes more comfortable. This to me is made for comfort. This isn’t going to support your foot. Based on the definition, there’s nothing that’s really going to align, support, or correct in this kind of insole; this is purely cushioning and comfort. So if you’re looking for something to give you your heels a little bit more cushioning then make things feel a little bit more comfortable, this would be an option. Very important, nothing that’s supporting your foot just a cushion. So what we have here is a Dr. Scholl’s pain relief orthotic, and actually says orthotic for plantar fasciitis, prevents pain all-day, prevents pain from coming back, reinforce the arch, shock absorbing heel cushion. So let’s see how this one compares to the gel one. So this one we can tell it’s much different than the other one here. There’s a lot more material and there’s a lot more shape to this device. From the side view, we can see it comes up over here. We can see there’s more arch height over here. There’s more of a heel cup and in the middle, we can see that there’s a firmer plastic. This right here is acting as the foot or arch support. It can still bend in the middle so it doesn’t have a lot of hold but there is more material in your arch. Because there’s more material in your arch, this gel or this foam and this plastic material that reduces the amount of compression, your arch is going to lower stress. In the foot, lowering stress in the arch or when it rolls over, that is going to reduce some of the movement you’re experiencing and by removing some of that motion, we reduced the stress on the tissue. So this one has a lot more hold or more support than this one. So we can see very flexible nothing here versus this one has more material, more padding in the arch, and still has a soft heel. Actually looking at this one, this one seems pretty nice. It has a nice soft foam, forefoot padding, so very comfortable. The heel is still very soft and comfortable and we do have a little bit more arch support. So this is definitely a step up from the last one. Pretty comfortable. I like how this one feels and how it looks. If you’re someone who’s carrying a lot of weight, this might not do the job for you and it might not give you enough support, but this is definitely better than having nothing. What we have here is Superfeet Green. I’ve seen this around in the market. A lot of hockey players use this in their skates. This is another type of over-the-counter orthotic or insole. Step on a pair of Superfeet and find out how good your feet can feel. It reduces foot fatigue satisfaction guaranteed. They have a nice little thing on the back here. It says shape equals support. Soft gel or flimsy foam can’t hold their shape. Superfeet insoles support your weight while cushioning your feet so you feel great all day. So that’s a really important part. This insole is saying that it can support your body’s weight and by us supporting the weight and reducing the amount of motion or collapse, that’s where we’re going to get relief. It’s a really slick design; it looks a lot cooler. Seeing right away the cushioning on this one is much firmer, higher density foam, doesn’t have as much compression.
Comparing to the last one, this one’s really soft and comfy; much firmer. But the difference is what we have on the bottom of this insole. So we can see there’s this hard plastic shell here and from the side it goes up into the arch. We have a much deeper heel cup and still have that nice high arch shape over here. So this has a much firmer sole or arch support than the last one we looked at. This definitely is going to give you more support or more hold. What I find about insoles is that sometimes the firmer they are the more problems we can have because again it might hold the foot too much. The foot still needs to move, it can’t be rigid, and if we have too much support, it can be no good. But this again it is flexible. You can see I can still bend it quite easily, but this is what’s gonna be supporting your foot. So when we look at this one compared to this one it’s very easy to bend, This one is much firmer, and this is going to give us more support. This one is a lot softer, well has a lot more padding. This one’s much firmer. So even though we get support, we lose some of that cushioning factor. So it really depends on what you really need. To me, I like the comfort aspect something that’s really soft but also has the support. So what I’ve saved for last is This Powerstep. So this is another over-the-counter insole. Here it says the original orthotic support for enhanced comfort and support in most shoes. Another full-length orthotic. Looking at the picture at the back, it really breaks down what’s inside this one. We see an actual shell that’s inside two layers of cushioning and another arch support layer down here. It looks a lot more heavy-duty to me and I’m really curious to see how this one looks. So here we go with another over-the-counter insole and to me, this one looks the most like a custom-made insole.
We can see from the side it has more of this defined arch. There’s no fill. If we look at the other insoles, we can see this one, this one is completely filled inside here. The arch all filled up with foam. This one was completely filled with again that foam in the hard plastic and this style here we have more of a space so when it’s in your shoe, there is a space between the shell and the bottom of the shoe. To me, I like this style of insoles the most. It acts more like a suspension to a car. It has again a heel cup and that arch. We can see the curve here. It’s flexible, it has a lot more bounce than the other ones. I like having a little bit of more flexibility to my insoles that way that’s not too stiff and too hard. Some people do require a stiffer more rigid orthotic, some need a more flexible one. But to me, starting with a basic one like this that has some flex is gonna be a good thing. When it’s in your shoe, this space is going to act more like a suspension and hold the bridge up, so we get a better bounce. It’s not as soft as the other ones. The Dr. Scholl’s one is the softest insole for sure. It has a lot more padding here, the heel is a little bit firm as well. But this is your closest thing that I think to a custom-made orthotic, and it looks pretty good and I like the way it feels. It’s a very basic, simple insole and sometimes simple is all you need to get the relief. Out of all the insoles I showed you today, the ones that I personally like is this Dr. Scholl’s one because of the amount of padding and softness at the heel and we still have this little bit of arch support. It’s still really flexible but because we have the build up into the arch we can get the support. The other one that I really liked was this one, more like a custom-made insole with that space in the middle to allow the orthotic to bounce up and down in suspension. Not too aggressive, not too firm, not too hard, and a very simple design; sometimes simple works best. Another option that I use here at my clinic is a custom made insole. As you can see, this custom insole is not anything crazy; it’s very similar to the last over-the-counter insole I showed you. So if I show you this one and this one, they look pretty much the same. Here, I like to put a hole in the shell for the heel to sit in. I call it a heel hole and it gives us a lot of cushioning, nothing firm underneath the heel. This is the shell made to the arch of the patient. It has flex, is not rock-hard, but it’s gonna give us a bounce. The shell is determined based on the patient’s weight or their needs for the orthotic. If they need a very stiff or firm orthotic, we would create a shell that’s much firmer in material. If someone just needs standard support, nothing too crazy, I give them a semi flexible shell that can move like suspension with their feet. To me, I like to think of orthotics as suspension to a car and the more bounce we have, the better it’s gonna absorb the shock when we’re standing or walking. I use an athletic top cover a fabric top cover that doesn’t hold too much sweat, that’s able to take wear and tear, very similar to the Dr. Scholl’s foam, something that’s nice and soft. So soft here, nothing hard under the heel and we have the support made for you. This custom-made orthotic in my office cost $500. All these insoles here can be purchased for under fifty sixty dollars. What’s the difference? An over-the-counter insole is not made for YOUR foot. This is a generic shell shape or arch shape used to make this insole. If you have a very flat foot, this might be too high. If you have a very high arch, this might be too low. It doesn’t fit that arch perfectly like a custom insole would; it’s a little bit different so it’s not made for your foot. Dr. Scholl’s offers you an insole where you step on a pad or a sensor (in the store). It determines where your pressure is and then it gives you the right number for your insole. That is not a true 3D scan either. That is a pressure mat telling you where your pressure is. So the goal of that insole is to put the padding where you’re putting most of the pressure and it can kind of decide whether you have a low arch or a high arch, depending where the pressure is on your foot. If you have a flat foot, a pressure map would show the whole thickness of your footprint. If you have a very high arch, More pressure on the ball of the foot and the heel and maybe that little bit of a typical foot pattern. Based on that pressure scan, they can decide what kind of insole you need but it’s still not a custom-made insole. A lot of the times a good over-the-counter insole that has a little bit more support and cushioning can give you relief. If we can reduce the strain on your foot, on the structures, the muscles, the ligaments, the tendons, you’re going to get relief. It’s just about finding something that works for you. This has a little bit more flexibility but has a lot of comfort and padding but it does have arch support. This one doesn’t have as much padding but it does have more of a curve and might fit your foot better and give you more support than you need. The difference with a custom-made insole in a foot specialist office is they take some sort of scan to create a mould of your foot. here I actually use a 3D scanner that captures all around your foot creating an awesome image of that arch and the side of the foot. This allows us to create a shell that perfectly fits into your arch. By having something that’s more tailored to your foot, it just means that it’s gonna be a tighter fit and that person who’s prescribing orthotics can kind of make it in a certain way that best fits your needs. When you buy something over the counter, it’s a generic thing so it has some features that might be good for you, but not others. An overall rule for over-the-counter insoles, they’re relatively conservative, they don’t want to give you something that’s too firm, too hard, too controlling, because they don’t know who is buying it versus a custom-made insole that the professional is actually looking at your foot, they’ve assessed your foot, they know what your foot needs, how much motion that they can give you, how much they need to correct, how much padding, what kind of shoes you’re wearing, and that’s really the true difference with a custom-made insole. It’s the prescription and the fabrication of the insole based on the mold of your foot and them seeing your foot that’s going to get possibly a better result. That doesn’t mean that a custom-made insole is so much more superior than an over-the-counter because the truth is as long as we have something that’s supporting a foot or we’re reducing the unwanted motion, we can get relief. If you’ve been trying these over-the-counter devices and it’s still not working for you, that’s the sign that you definitely need to go see someone. One last thing we didn’t really get into the orthotic itself whether they’re good or bad. I’m just gonna say one thing about orthotics- orthotics just support your foot. They’re an external device that we put in our shoes to hold the foot up. We could use this as a tool or solution but I’m starting to get into the mindset and seeing the truth that if we strengthen the muscles within our foot, if we strengthen the things that hold our foot naturally, we can get a really good result. so this is something I’m building up in the future and discussing with you guys how not only using orthotics but strengthening your foot is really a good good way to give you long-term success in realyl eliminating your foot pain or foot discomfort without the use of an external device. Hope you guys like this video! We’re still going for Foot Health Month. Hope that was something different for you guys. I really went through all the different products that are out there for you. You find out what’s best for you. We’ll see you tomorrow. Toe Bro, out.

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91 thoughts on “STORE BOUGHT FOOT INSOLES VS CUSTOM ORTHOTICS…WORTH IT??? FOOT HEALTH MONTH 2018 #12”

  1. Awesome information Jonathan. Can't wait to use this video in my training with my staff. I have 2 pairs of work shoes & insoles, I alternate them every other day. I remove the insoles so they can dry out freshen up and have a chance to recover. I was in physical therapy a few years ago with a knee injury and they covered foot care, shoes and insole orthotics. Super beneficial!

  2. I wonder why you all have hard orthotics. I don't, they are just a bit flexible and quite comfortable. 🙁

  3. What would you recommend for someone who has neuropathy who can't have any arch support due to it causing more pressure and pain on the outer foot

  4. Great video! Thanks! This makes me understand why some of my insoles are good and some don't work! smiles …..Vicki
    Could you, or have you discussed neuromas? Foot support and treatment. Thanks

  5. Thank you for the info : ) None of those over the counter insoles would even be close enough for my arch. My arch is so high, so all my weight, especially as I wear heels most of the time is on the balls of my feet. At the end of the day, they can really be painful. I wouldn't be able to wear anything too high as an insole as my foot then wouldn't fit in to my shoe. So would I be better with a cushion on my ball of the foot only?

  6. That was totally what I needed to hear. I have plantar fasciitis and heel spurs. Plus im about 80lbs over weight. I have constant heel, knee, hip and back pain. I have tried the orthotics and nothing helps. I work on my feet all day in an er. I rarely get to sit except for lunch. Can you give me directions on what to do? Please🙏🏼. I really enjoy your videos and how you explain things. It’s very easy to understand when you explain it. Thank you.

  7. Can you do one on insoles or any ways to comfort feet for those who wear high heels? You might not be someone that wears high heels (if you do that would be an awesome thing) but I’m struggling to find a way to wear high heels without dreading the pain I feel when wearing them. They look nice but they’re painful 🙁

  8. Very informative love it! What about aging feet…and nail care how do we reduce the chance of getting nail fungus or thickened toe nails? Would love to see any of these topics explained…thanks!

  9. You made a statement that you don't watch your comments much and that makes me not want to comment at all. I'm saying Thank You today because you have helped me find something that my husband can afford to help his foot and leg pain. We could never afford the one you make special. But we can afford the Dr. Scholl's product. Thank You again and I hope you take the time for us small people and read what we are saying. Sincerely, M.

  10. I ordered some of the Powerstep insoles to see if they help with my foot pain. If they give me some relief, I am going to talk to my doctor about custom orthotics.

  11. How did you get the green & yellow bracelet? Like I know exactly what it is but like, you’re not cuban (many follow the religion there) so I am curious

  12. My last surgeon recommended Superfeet so I have at least 3 pairs, but they hurt my feet so I don’t use them very often. I have a huge box of every conceivable kind of insole. I call it the insole graveyard. I also keep my stretchers aka The Rack in the box. The kind you like are pretty much the best for me as well, when I actually wear closed shoes. Truthfully, I love wedges. They give me enough of a lift in back so my Achilles tendinitis does not hurt so bad on breakover, while simultaneously having enough of a platform to prevent too much weight on the ball of my foot. I have not found any orthotics that work with wedges but there are a few shoe brands that look amazing and the sole is actually an orthotic. Earthies is a fantastic brand. Bionica is good too. If any of your fans are shoe Fashionistas like I am and haven’t checked out these brands, I encourage them too. These days they make shoes that look like only a 20 YO can wear them, but work for us older girls as well. There is nothing more depressing than shoes that look like those the old German ladies wore when I was an Army Brat growing up in Germany. Ugh. One of the best places to buy shoes of every kind at up to 80% off retail is 6pm.com. They are a Zappos clearinghouse. The shoes are not seconds either. Just sign up for their email specials and browse what category you want. The specials change all the time so if you see a steal get it. Also, Sierra Trading Post can have amazing deals on shoes, sporting gear, clothing…lots of things. Again, sign up for emails to keep in the loop. Both sites offer brand name and even designer footwear, some for WalMart prices if you check frequently. Hope this helps everyone find a few dozen pairs. I know I always do!👠👡👢👟👞🧦

  13. I would like to make a suggestion for a video discussing not wearing worn out shoes. I had a foot specialist explain how wearing shoes that are broken down can contribute to foot pain and disorders. Many people think that old shoes are better.

  14. I used to suffer from plantar fasciitis and went to numerous doctors who just wanted to do surgery on me. I was in a lot of pain one night and went to an urgent care and that PA there tell me to go to Walgreens and get the Walgreens brand insoles for plantar fasciitis. I did it she said it's been almost 2 years and I've never had pain since! sometimes what works for one doesn't work for another but in my case this did the trick!! Love your informative videos thank you for your time that you devote to your followers.

  15. what about over pronation feet ? do they also make coustom orthotics for us ? i love to dance , dance , dance, all kinds of music and i am a granny i am 66 . LIKE WOW !!!! i can dance 4 songs straight with no stop !!!! but i over pronate and can only wear 2 inch wedge heels . is there help for us too ?

  16. So, Ive been wearing Orthotics for years now, But it seems if the padding is to thick it irritates the ball of my foot and big toe joint and triggers gout. Anyone else had this issue ? Or perhaps suggestions ? I'm going back to get him to thin it down. Also I'm extremley flat footed like a duck lol.

  17. I love all of your videos, yes I am a Toe Bro junkie. But this inner sole video is very informative. I do have a question though. Can you recommend an inner sole for diabetic feet? I have real bad neuropathy. What can I put in my shoe? Thank you Jonathan……

  18. I went to a foot doctor today and he told me to buy otc insoles because I cannot cure corns that are on the inside of my little toe and next toe, my little toe likes to hide under the other toe on both sides, even though I found this video very helpful I am confused as I really don't know how this insole thing will help my toes, does anyone know??

  19. For me the custom made orthotic has been a nightmare.. My feet ache badly and ive worn them for 4 months. They adjusted it recently but no relief. I have arthritis in my big toes and flat feet. I may try an over the counter orthotic instead.

  20. Interesting video, thanks.
    I have plantar fasciitis and a friend (who makes high end orthotics) recommended wearing good cushioned running shoes, these have a little extra arch support, and combined with some over the counter orthotics have made walking my dog a pleasure again, but I had to try three insoles and four pairs of trainers to get it right (going to a pro may have been cheaper….

  21. when i go outside i put insole from my old reebok maded for running, comfort is really great, worth to give custom insoles

  22. I was in a lawnmower accident when I was a teenager in the 70s. So my injured foot is unique. To find an orthotic device that works has been a challenge. I have tried custom twice. The devices / foot insoles are much too hard for what I need. Recently tried the RESA custom insoles from a Costco kiosk for $140. They are very uncomfortable. A waste of money. So the best for me so far are gel inserts from a company in California called Foot Relief insoles. They are $40 and last around 2 years. They had a booth at our state fair. Website is www.footreliefinsoles.com. It appears everyone is different and you just have to try different products to see what works for your condition. I am missing the entire ball on foot. So I do have a unique foot problem.

  23. a good custom depends on 2 things:
    1. Who cast it and (its more than just stepping in foam or having a slipper cast made).
    2. What theory of foot bio-mechanics they use.

    Root orthotics tilt the heel and fill in the arch..they are not made to a true cast of the patients foot. They are made by a lab corrected model of the patients foot….the labs best guess….they are no worse or better than a doctor Scholl's.

    A MASS Posture orthotic is made from a cast of the patients arch at the highest tolerable arch. It is a full contact device. MASS orthotics are also weight calibrated to the patients weight, activity level and foot flexibility.

  24. Late to the party but I use the second insoles shown and they are actually really good for work. Enough support that my back and arches don't hurt and breathable enough that my feet aren't stinky after 8 hours in leather shoes. That said I'm only about 120lbs so I don't know how well they'd work for heavier people

  25. I have fallen arches, super feet are so uncomfortable and firm on my feet, like I’m standing on a brick. I tried to play basketball in them but it hurt my foot so much more . There not flexible at all, I could never imagine wearing them on a daily basis

  26. What is everyone's opinion on the Good Feet Store? Specifically their custom insoles. I just bought a pair for $320. So far, they kind of hurt my feet but I'm supposed to get used ethem.

  27. I have calcarear spina, I reduce my body pressure, ma buttare I'm a hardwoker and my foot, to wrk, are terribile, to Much… Inflessibile, I watt to change job

  28. I have really flat feet and deal with a lot of pain when walking or standing to long. I use the green insoles and they have helped me with my day to day life but I do still struggle with my feet.

  29. People who dislike are competing! and trolls because who the heck dislikes an idea? comparison of factory made devices. I have extremely high insoles/arches and suffer with buying comfortable shoes as well as getting support. I walk around the house 90 percent of the time barefoot. The top of the insoles/arches burn and have incredible pain as do the bones.

  30. Hello new to you, I have bad feet flat footed, Plantar fasciitis ,heel spur and severe neuropathy help me out to toe Bro.

  31. I tried Dr. Scholl's planter fasciitis. I work on my feet 8 hours a day. By the end of the day my feet hurt. I could feel where the plastic was in the insole. Not good it felt like i had been walking on the plastic edge all day. My foot was sore for days.

  32. What do you think of Currex insoles? They seem great. At 50 USD they are pricier than dr Scholl's. They come in flat / medium / high arch versions. They seem better than the green feet ones. Great video, so clear and valuable.

  33. i bought the drscholl plantar fascitis today n all i can say is its a lifesaver. jus my experience i hav had this severe pain in the heel of my foot for a couple months now. i can alredy feel the pain goin away i mean its still ther but u can tell the pain is goin lol. ive tried everything epsom salt n aple cider vinegar soaks, stretching, ice, massaging, turmeric/calcium/naproxen/serrapeptase suplements/pain relievers nun worked lol. this dr scholls shit is the real deal stil cant believe it

  34. I've found an online store that ships out a foam box to make a mold. You send it back and they make you a custom orthotic for $134 for a full length orthotic with heel stabilizer. Seems like a great deal The ones I had 20 years ago were $500.

  35. I'm a heavy set person with flat wide feet and fallen arches….. I'm looking for a specific kind of insole support that can push my "nub" of a fallen arch inwards so it won't look like it's squishing outwards of the shoes I wear.

  36. That is always my issue. I am told my arches have fallen, they are low….and using some insoles I get pain in my arch….maybe I need to get some made….I think work covers some of the cost….

  37. Both my son and I work on our feet all day! I have sent this video to him! Thank you so much, Jonathan! Bless you!

  38. Hey Jonathan,

    I would love to get you into a pair of EvenKeel Insoles.

    Send me a direct message and we could work something out.

  39. I started using the dollar store ones and my right knee the next day feels like its shot. alot of pain had to compression wrap it it is still sketchy to walk I've spent years working in warehouses on my feet on concrete I don't know what happened

  40. Only one insole I found for 4E feet is the work area industrial insole. Most of these insoles have a narrow heel area so the arch support will dig into the heel and back arch area of a wide heeled foot. Also alot of people I know that complain about their feet dont realize they have a wide foot. Lol I told a girl to get a wide or men size but she chose foot pain just because she didnt want the shoes that say men. Lol Lasy but not least is to walk barefoot as much as possible.

  41. 500 bucks??? Wow! Does the Canadian Health insurance cover that or does the patient have to pay this out of his own pocket? In Germany, the health insurance covers the cost for custom made insoles IF a doctor prescribes them

  42. Good video these guys have some pretty good insoles as well for cheap.

    https://www.ebay.com/str/goodcentsshopping

  43. Many people have one leg that is slightly longer or shorter than the other one. Try putting a board of the proper thickness under the shorter leg for more comfort when standing for long periods of time e.g. a lecture, sermon or speech. 🙂🙂🙂 – Theodore Alexander Vegh, B.S.

  44. People with comfortable shoes live seven years longer than people with uncomfortable shoes. Get comfortable shoes. – Theodore Alexander Vegh, B.S.

  45. Very good information. The visual of each type of insole really helps to see the difference. Any suggestions if you have peroneal tendonitis on the outer edges of the foot? I guessing then I do not want too much of an arch support because there'll more pressure on the peroneal tendon right? Thanks!

  46. New subscriber thanks
    I'll try first the otc dr sholls machine.
    Hopefully helps w my left foot pain heel area
    I don't have extended health benefits for a custom made one
    Greetings from Vancouver Canada 👍👍👍

  47. I am using Plantar fasciitis insoles , but I got more heel pain after using this with in one day , is it ok , can I use or not, please let me know

  48. I wish you would do footprint insole Gamechangers. You have to put them in the oven for 8 min at 235 degrees then put them in your shows and walk around so that they custom mold to your feet. They are for skateboarding and are supposed to absorb 91% of impact . I think it’s a marketing gimmick

  49. what about for warehouse work where you're walking and standing for almost over 12 hours a day…..any help on that cuz i need it ASAP…..give me the insoles

  50. Very good information. Is it true once you start using custom insole , you may not feel comfortable with shoes without insole!

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