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Posted by Gina on 7/11/99 at 00:00 (008633)

Can't really answer your question; just relate my experience. In the 2-plus years I have had PF, I have tried 2 pairs of custom orthotics and could not wear either without a significant increase in pain. I can wear birks. The birks don't make me pain-free, but with strengthening, stretching, icing, patience my feet have improved while wearing the birks. I am extremely hesitant to try another pair of custom orthotics, despite the urging of the last podiatrist I saw. The ortho surgeon I am current seeing gave me off-the-shelf inserts which don't feel as good as the birks.