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Posted by Mary Y on 8/01/03 at 03:21 (125841)


Is this unusual? My custom made orthotics don't feel as good on my feet as the SPENCO inserts that I bought at Longs.

Re: orthotics

Richard, C.Ped on 8/01/03 at 07:59 (125849)

Hi Mary...
It depends on a few things. How long have you been wearing the custom orthotics? It could take someone two weeks to a month or so to get used to wearing a new pair of orthotics. Also, the Spenco is just cushion, it does not fit your foot like the custom should. Most of the discomfort you may be feeling could be the muscles of your foot getting used to being held in a specific position that they are not used to.

I tell people that after three weeks or so, if something just does not seem right about the orthosis, let me know. There are always adjustment options. After this amount of time, I would suggest contacting whoever made the orthosis and let them know how you feel.

You are not by chance in South Caroina are you??? We have about three Long's drug stores in Columbia. Just curious. :-)


Re: orthotics

Mary Y on 8/02/03 at 00:35 (125962)

Hi Richard,

Thank you for your reply. I have had my custom orthotics for seven months. They are comfortable and cause no pain. They just seem to help less than the SPENCO inserts. Now, when I had them made, I had a diagnosis of tarsal tunnel syndrome. Later, I saw an orthopedic, foot and ankle specialist and was diagnosed with achilles tendonitis. The orthopedist saw my custom made orthotics and said that they were to hard for my heel. He gave me a pair of blue dot gel heel cups. If I do have achilles tendonitis, would my custom made orthosis be ineffective?
I live in Hawaii.

Thank you for your help

Re: orthotics

Richard. CPed on 8/02/03 at 19:52 (126032)

An orthosis that is made for the achilles tendonitis should have a slight lift built in the heel. This helps relieve strain on the achilles. There should actually be a lift in your other orthotic as well as to not cause one leg to be shorter than the other and cause a whole different set of problems. Aloha!!! :-)

Re: orthotics

dr ben pearl on 8/12/03 at 20:28 (126805)

The orthotic should slow down some of the forces that strain the achilles