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Orthotics Question

Discussion in 'Ask your questions here' started by dirtydade18, Mar 30, 2009.

  1. dirtydade18

    dirtydade18 Guest

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    I have now been through two pairs of orthotics. The first kind I got (4+ years ago) was a hard plastic that went halfway down my foot.

    I then spent over $200 getting a full foot one that is completely different. Both were custom made.

    However, I cut my new ones down to fit into my size 11 shoe. I now have a size 11.5 shoe (for athletics at least), and my orthotics will not fit since they are too small. Basically, my toes hang over the edge of the orthotics and it s extremely annoying and uncomfortable.

    I do not want to spend $200 plus on another pair, so I was wondering if anyone had recommendations. I've been using my old ones (hard plastic, half way down my foot), and theyre better than nothing, but dont do much since I have outgrown them and my foot has shaped to them already.

    I get pain in my feet, shins, and lower back whenever I play basketball now, and I am 20 years old and in great physical shape.

    I really appreciate any help anyone can give me on this. Thanks a lot.
  2. FootDoc

    FootDoc New Member

    I don't know what you might be expecting. If they're too short, they're too short. You should have taken them back to the doctor before you cut them down to see if they could have been modified to fit into your size 11 shoe without destroying them.
  3. Unregistered

    Unregistered Guest

    Yes I realize that. I didn't know I was putting them in a size 11 though. It was a pair of shoes my brother gave me and he always wears 11.5, bad luck I guess.

    I'm not asking iwhat to do about the ones I have now, I just keep those in my casual shoes which are size 11 for the most part. I'm just wondering if there are cheaper orthotics out there that I can get online or something that you think will help me for when I play basketball.

    I appreciate any help.
  4. FootDoc

    FootDoc New Member

    Orthotic is a concocted term derived from the Greek, "othos" meaning "straight" or "erect"(othopedist, orthodontist, etc.) That doesn't say a whole lot. The point I make is that a foot orthotic needs to address whatever requires correction, and though you have related symptoms, without an examination, I could have no idea as to what is causing those symptoms. As custom orthotics go, $200 would be considered very inexpensive in most areas of the U.S. You can generally purchase off-the-shelf foot orthotics for much less which may or may not address your problem.

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