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  • #3689

    mel
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    Any one use insoles in there shoes?

    I have low aches to my feet which is making it painful, doctor said just to get some insoles to lift the aches, but on a quick google it seems to be a mine field.

    So any recommendations?

    My doctor was less then helpful and said “oh just some insoles from any where” jeez thanks dr!

  • #3690

    troll
    Participant

    Why don’t you speak to a chiropodist? They would advise you further.

  • #3691

    evie
    Participant

    I have to wear a 10cm heel lift in only one shoe as that leg is 13cm shorter than the other leg.

    If I need more heel lifts or needs it replacing, then I go to the local shoesmith who can cut new ones from hard rubber and make exact copies of the original.

  • #3692

    just another Dave
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    I have footreviver insoles, not cheap but do help and last.

    I wonder seeing a foot person though, mine were the responsibility of my physio and I have fewer issues since I took myself barefoot.

  • #3693

    charlotte
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    Can the doctor not refer you to a specialist? I got referred easily enough. I also have flat feet and all older female relatives have had knee replacements so trying to do as much as can to help the inevitable!

  • #3694

    don
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    Chiropractics sell shoe insoles for flat feet. Never got on with mine, I think it’s because my feet aren’t both the same size so the instep was never right for one foot.

  • #3695

    bill
    Participant

    Personal experience here. I went to a chiropodist to find out what I should do about a minor bony swelling on a big toe joint. It looks like a bunion but there is no bone deviation. I was advised to have made to measure insoles and buy special walking boots. I went home and calculated that the total cost after consultations, insoles and footwear would be around £500. After a bit of research I decided to try re-educating myself to improve the way I walked. As part of the re-education I went barefoot or wore minimal zero drop footwear (Sockwas). Three years later I am pain free and the bony swelling has remained static. You can have your gait analysed in lots of sports clubs and be advised how to improve it . I prefer to treat the cause rather than the symptoms.

  • #3696

    dizzy
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    @bill How does the barefoot thing work please? I used to go barefoot, literally as in no socks or shoes, all the time but now it hurts like hell if I don’t wear my Merrells or Sketchers plus insoles. Walking on carpet is sometimes bearable but wooden or tiled floors make me wince with pain. I love the idea of being able to cure myself by going barefoot but I can’t see how it will work. I have completely flat feet by the way. I was born with slack foot ligaments and they’ve not improved with age!!

  • #3697

    Chris B
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    @bill @dizzy I actually thought it was bad for feet to go barefoot or even wear slippers for prolonged periods as there is no support for your feet .
    I agree correct exercise can help build up muscle but wearing insoles which encourage correct foot posture should also build up muscle to support lax ligaments.

  • #3698

    mike
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    Just wondering if you’re aware of Masai Barefoot Technology and their (very pricey) shoes. It might be worth a browse on their website.

    https://www.backinaction.co.uk/mbt-info

    They take some getting used to but they are very good.

  • #3699

    erick
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    I went barefoot shoes for a while when I was working, however found that although comfortable for short periods they are not good for a long day working on feet! Although I suspect I was doing more steps/activity than the average worker, physio is like an all day gym lol.

    I’ve tried the masai ones, but they were cheaper when I got them lol. I liked them, gave more support and felt bouncy for work!

    I had a pair of sketchers roll type trainers that i wore for work and they were super comfy; now if I’m on wards I just wear asics as they are so comfy and can get arch support.

    Tbh OP I’d be going to a Physio or Podiatrist who can fit insoles properly, we use our feet everyday so makes sense to get quality treatment for them!

  • #3700

    mel
    Participant

    Just wondering if you’re aware of Masai Barefoot Technology and their (very pricey) shoes. It might be worth a browse on their website.

    https://www.backinaction.co.uk/mbt-info

    They take some getting used to but they are very good.

    @mike That’s a really interesting site. Thanks for the posting the link. That sort of shoe might well work for me so I will investigate further.

  • #3701

    em
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    How does the barefoot thing work please?

    @dizzy I go barefoot… I can only say what I found obviously but essentially giving your foot the chance to work correctly and not have a rigid sole which forces it to roll off the ground faster than it ought to and toe space so they have room for movement- I have wide feet anyway but my Merrels have a big ‘toe box’ so although they look like normal shoes there is more space for feet to spread and no drop from heel to toe so your foot is level and for many thin soles so you get some propioception. Then it is a case of ‘training’ the bits that should be doing jobs to get back to them.

    I do have fairly ok foot comfort-wise but was struggling terribly mostly with plantar fascitis despite not actually spending that long on my feet- pottering about in the lab and about 20 minutes walking to the field and back twice a day.

    I wore the skechers for work to start for the lab pottering and 5 mins each way walk to the car park, then went to the merrels and then the vibrams – ie getting more barefoot as time went on. What highlighted it to me was the first time I went on the cross trainer in the Merrels- which look no different to normal shoes and how quickly my feet hurt so I had to ease into that slowly too.

    I was also doing some physio rehab work at the time and discovered other small things like not being able to lift individual toes and being very sure how I was spreading my weight and using them. For my other issues I have also worked one legged on a soft ‘balance’ block and boy does that make your feet fire!

    These days I do keep some of the exercises up but find that if I wear the skechers- they are squishy soled, not thin and super comfy daily and the merrells when I would wear trainers in the gym/going out for the day and walking etc I don’t get any issues. If I need to wear something else it is Nuovahealth arch support insoles or I use the Footreviver insoles still.

    Frankly I was and still am pretty gobsmacked that after 6 months of trying other stuff and it not improving after a couple of months of this I have been sound forever since!

  • #3702

    dizzy
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    @em I’m really pleased that you’ve found something that works for you!
    It’s so annoying wincing with pain every time you put your foot to the floor! My right foot is the worst one by far and sometimes I just want to chop it off and hop, ha ha.

    I think my foot conformation is so bad that true barefoot will never work for me but ‘barefoot style’ might so I’m going to investigate. I used to wear my Merrells every day without problems but now they hurt. My Sketchers also hurt and yet I was fine with them for years. I’ve got 3 pairs of Hotter shoes that look very much like my Merrells but they have a better insole and I’ve also got foam insoles in them which help a lot. I wear Dubarry Clares for walking the dogs/walking outside in general with custom made orthotics. I am still keen to find out if there are even better options though.

  • #3703

    em
    Participant

    @dizzy What sketchers do you wear? I wear gowalk 3s (def an improvement on the 2s)

    I figured I’d just try it, I’d get out of bed and go hobbling down the garden to do Frank, so bloody painful!

  • #3704

    dizzy
    Participant

    @em I’m not sure which ones they are and am too lazy to go and find them but they’re quite old so def not the latest version. I threw another pair away because they really hurt, even with insoles. Hotter are the best I’ve found so far but they are ugly, like the Merrells. It makes me sad to think I may never wear heels again but I couldn’t contemplate it right now. I know what you mean about hobbling first thing. OH reckons I look like a very old lady!

  • #3705

    EmmaS
    Participant

    I protected my soles with a very thin flexible solewhich I bought from a place called shoewawa which allowed a natural ‘breakover’ and got my muscles and joints used to the new dynamics slowly. It was sometimes tough at first but I have been pain free for three years now and I have developed ‘concavity’, i.e.. strong arches instead of flattish feet. My main problem is hating the cold! My first time completely barefoot in the mud was unexpectedly fun though. I had never done this in my life before, even as a kid!

  • #4123

    Nutterz
    Keymaster

    1+ footreviver insoles. I wear them all the time for my flat feet and they have helped so much. Would definitely recommend them. I wear these ones!

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