Why do Podiatrists insist on wrapping feet for a number of months (until a patient complains of the price)...then they suggest a custom molded orthotic for an additional $300 or more dollars? This is nonsense that really is hurting the insurance industry who fund many of these products. Did you know that in most cases a lab manufactures the orthotics....it takes about 1 hour from start to finish to manufacture them and about $30 in material cost! What an extreme way to rip off the public. And it's no longer just podiatrists...it's chiropractors, chiropodists, even at the County Fairs you see people selling products to relieve foot pain (usually $150 or more).
THE MAIN PURPOSE IS TO SUPPORT THE ARCH TO GIVE THE FOOT RELIEF. ESPECIALLY IN PF WHERE THE PROBLEM IS THE PLANTAR FASCIA PULLING FROM THE HEEL BONE!
Sorry to vent to all, but I hate seeing people waste hundreds, if not thousands of dollars and not trying existing, ready made products that work.
If you're interested please check out my site at www.shoetree.com. I talk about PF and the Birkenstock product I sell. It retails for about $26US and if it doesn't work for you, I offer a full refund.
As always if you have specific questions for me please e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. With over 10 years experience I can try to answer most questions for you.