anyone have experience with custom orthotics?

I’ve been going to a chiropractor who recommends custom orthotics to correct the supination in my feet and the 1 cm difference in leg lengths that I have. (I’ll also mention that I have slight scoliosis.) He thinks that these corrections might be enough to significantly reduce my knee pain. If I get them, it means boxing up all my super cute summer shoes and sending them to the attic.

I’ll probably get inserts that can go into any shoe ( except the previously mentioned summer sandals and slides) and  also get some almost–but not quite– cute slides with the orthotic built into the shoes.

Anyone have any experience with this? My mom tried them, and it wasn’t the magic bullet for her.

I’m not exactly dripping in money over here, but my husband and I think they’re worth the cost if they’ll eliminate or at least lessen the knee pain that I’ve had for several years.

4 thoughts on “anyone have experience with custom orthotics?

  1. T-Tapp helped my knee pain more than anything else. I had orthotics years ago, although I’m not sure my problem isn’t pronation. Does supination mean your foot has more weight on the outside? In T-Tapp, she emphasizes putting your weight on the outside of your feet and turning your knees out some. If I do T-Tapp regularly and focus on having my weight balanced when I walk, my knee does better. My knee pain is on the inside of my knee. Where is yours?

    • Sounds like I have the opposite problem as you. Yes, supination is putting more weight towards the outside of the feet; whereas pronation is putting more weight toward the inside. My knee pain happens when I am going up and down stairs; it’s the bending knee that hurts, the knee starts to bend when the opposite leg takes a step down. Does that make sense? It’s a shooting pain in the center going towards the outside and down.
      I’ll look into T-tapp.I’ve heard of it, but know nothing about it.

      • Mine is shooting pain on the inside of my knee when I am going DOWN stairs, on the knee that is bending. Maybe you could concentrate when you are walking generally on balancing your feet and the way you put weight on them. It would be cheaper. If I’m not doing T-tapp but do that, it really does help.

        • My knee(s) used to hurt only going down, but lately, they’ve been hurting going up as well. It’s not too bad if I only have one bad knee at a time; I can just always keep the offending leg straight, but it’s hard to keep both legs straight on stairs..hey, maybe that’s why my hip hurts.

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