Dr. Scholl's Custom Fit Orthotic Inserts: A Product Review
The following is a product review of my use of Dr. Scholl’s Custom Fit Orthotic Inserts, specifically Model CF 440.
Dr. Scholl’s Custom Fit Orthotic Inserts with “Footmapping Technology” have been on the market for a few years now. The inserts come in 14 models (all starting with the letters “CF” presumably meaning “Custom Fit”): 110, 120, 130, 210, 220, 230, 310, 320, 330, 340, 410, 420, 430, and 440. They range between $44 and $50.
The insert pairs are nicely packaged in a hard plastic container allowing consumers the ability to feel the inserts. They are constructed with four layers: the top layer, according to the packaging, is a “soft, microfiber”; the second layer provides cushioning for the heel. The final two layers are the important parts of the inserts and are called the Cradleflex Arch Support System. The inserts are sized at ¾ foot length and require no trimming.
Dr. Scholl's has given the inserts a lifespan of six months. The product also comes with a “100% satisfaction guaranteed or your money back” promise.
Dr. Scholl's Foot Mapping Kiosk
The real feature of the product is its computerized, in-store kiosk. The kiosk measures the foot arch, pressure points, and foot length. Consumers must use the system to determine the ideal insert model for their feet, thus receiving a customized fitting.
Here’s how it works: Shoppers are to remove their shoes and stand in the outlined foot spaces on the kiosk. Beneath the platform are 2,200 sensors that “map” the feet based on pressure points.
The kiosk test takes only two measurements that require less than two minutes total. The first measurement assesses foot pressure in a standing position. The consumer is asked to stand still and then lean forward using two balancing handles to move a yellow circle on the screen into a green target. Thus the first measurement is completed.
The second measurement assesses foot pressure in a walking position for each foot. Consumers are led through a process in which they are asked to stand on each foot while lifting the other, then to lean forward once more to move the circle into the target; and with each foot being measured, the entire foot mapping process is complete and the computer recommends an insert model.
Why I Need Dr. Scholl's Custom Fit Orthotic Inserts
I recall when Dr. Scholl’s Custom Fit Orthotic Inserts entered the market a few years ago. I have suffered with what I believe to be plantar fasciitis for many years, and the use of foot orthotics is recommended.
The foot pain that I experience is not common foot soreness. It is debilitating pain that has, at times, left my feet swollen and disfigured with me unable to walk. Mornings are worst: the first steps of the day are hell itself.
Recent work requires me to be on my feet all day, so I have been in constant pain with little time for recovery. This drove me to consider the custom inserts…once again. I had been ignoring them because I refused to pay the price-point. But pain has a way of changing your mind.
With my former work health insurance having ended, custom crafted orthotics were out of the question for me despite having a prescription in-hand. So I went to Walmart and used the kiosk, as I had done in the past. I already knew the recommended size for me (CF 440 for the tall or heavy) and it was the same. So I purchased the inserts and hoped that I had not wasted my money.
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Custom Inserts: Did They Help?
I expected a break-in period but something was different this time. Yes, the inserts and arch support were noticeable, but it seemed that my feet were feeling better by the end of the first day. Still I was skeptical.
By the morning of Day Two, however, and throughout the workday and evening, all my foot pain had disappeared! I was stunned. In a single day years of pain were relieved. I was angry with myself for having gone so long when the remedy was waiting.
My full disclosure is that on my toughest workdays I still experience foot pain. But I find this is due to the harshness of work conditions and innate foot problems, not a failure in the inserts. I remain a satisfied user of Dr. Scholl’s Custom Fit Orthotic Inserts.
What Does Custom Fit Mean?
The Cradleflex Arch Support system makes the difference between these custom orthotics and most regular insoles/inserts that can be purchased in stores. Some podiatrists recommend only purchasing inserts that are a minimum of $50-$60 to have any significant improvement in foot care. I know this to be true now.
Still, Dr. Scholl’s custom inserts are not as customized as having professional orthotic measurements taken of the feet, like those performed by an Amfit system. These procedures are inclusive of understanding foot structures and not merely foot pressure points and lengths. The foot measurements and impressions made with these technology are then specially crafted for a one-of-a-kind fit for respective customers.
Nevertheless, I am satisfied with my inserts. They are about as far as over-the-counter remedies will take me before requiring professional help. I highly recommend Dr. Scholl’s Custom Fit Orthotic Inserts to anyone with “tired achy feet”, heel issues, and any other foot ailments.
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