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Customer Review of Dr. Scholl's Custom Fit Orthotics

Updated on July 15, 2014
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Annette Sharp holds a BAAS in Behavioral Science from Texas A&M. She is a counselor and motivator with an empathetic heart.

"Get these feet off the floor!"
"Get these feet off the floor!"

Find Help For Hurting Feet!

My foot history: If you're anything like me, you have a hard time finding comfortable shoes. When I walk into the shoe store, the salesperson hides in the stockroom. I dread the prospect of shoe-shopping. I spend endless hours trying on every shoe in the store, while the salesperson rolls his eyes behind my back. Many times, I walk out empty-handed, frustrated and with a big guilt trip that the clerk spent so much time with me and has nothing to show for it.

It's frustrating having hard-to-fit feet. I can't find comfortable dress shoes. It seems that the only shoes that feel half-way decent are the ugliest shoes on the shelf. It's like I sacrifice comfort for the ridiculous.

Someone told me once that my feet were deformed. What? All I can say is that I inherited the the affliction from my mother. I've got this long, skinny foot (Size 9.5), with a very narrow heel, a long arch, and the ball of my foot spreads out to a regular size when I walk. Flexible and humiliating.

At Last! The Dr. Scholl's Custom Fit Orthotic Entered My Life!

Dr. Scholl created the Footmapping Technology kiosk to aid in determining which custom orthotic is best for you. It measures the areas of your feet that get the most stress. From that reading, it detects which arch type you have.

I passed by the Footmapping Technology contraption in Walmart at least a dozen times before I actually set foot on the thing. It was easy enough. I just placed my feet in each rectangular square and waited for the thing-a-ma-bob to tell me what to do next. It flashes a thermo-pic of your feet on the screen. It asks you to put pressure on the right foot, then the left, as it measures and calculates your pressure points. It thinks for a minute, and PRESTO!!! Your results are in. That's modern-day technology for you!

Testing Dr. Scholl's Custom Orthotic

I was skeptical. After all, I'd tried every arch support in the book. So I purchased my brand new pair of beautiful orthotics for around $50.00 bucks and settled into the business of placing them in my athletic shoes.

I had a pair of New Balance shoes I'd recently purchased and, as always, I was already having problems with them. Yep, you heard right, I can't even wear New Balance comfortably! So I put the inserts in and walked around a while. Yikes! I felt 2 feet taller!. But I noticed there was no pressure on my metatarsal (ball of the foot). It was rather like walking on a spring that rocked back and kept the pressure off my heel but evenly distributed it in the middle.

I still had trouble with my heel slipping in the shoes, not made any better by the height and thickness of the inserts, but it was a huge improvement. I wore the orthotics in the New Balance shoes for a few days, then decided to go back to my trusty SAS insoles. I wanted to try something different.........

The Result of Dr. Scholls Orthotics

I placed the Dr. Scholl's Custom Fit Orthotic inserts into my brand new pair of Y-Not boots, hoping for a miracle. Just to be sure, I fitted a regular Dr. Scholls foot pad on top of the insert. I slipped my feet into the boots and, wonder of wonders, they felt great! At last, I was wearing a cool pair of knee-high brown boots that didn't kill my feet and legs!

The real test came when I wore them all day. By the end of the day, I didn't experience any excessive achy feet or legs that instantly led me to an epsom salt soak bath. Now that's success!

Another Happy Customer....

My Final Review Results on Dr. Scholl's Custom Orthotic Inserts

Star Rating:

Out of 5 Stars, I give them 4 Stars; only because the thickness was a bit much. They do what they are supposed to do. The inserts take the pressure off those impact areas that give you so much trouble and give your feet the proper support they need to produce an overall satisfactory experience.

Would I recommend these orthotics to others? The answer is a big, fat YES!


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      4 years ago

      I have never been a runner eihetr nor what I would call fit' but I decided when I got to NZ that no one would know the wobblying jelly going past the window and so I really should give it a go. I started out doing the run a minute, walk 5 minute schedule and that almost killed me (did I mention I was unfit then?). Six years on I have traded in my $40 trainers after suffering heel spurs (not nice) and now have some which cost me over $350 but have had no problems since. As far as running a marathon! I, like you, have not yet found my running gene with a 30 minute session (sorry still run/walk) on the treadmill about my limit (mostly due to boredom). I can only really pass on others advice, as you move through the field count how many people you pass, knowing you are at least faster than all of them may help you keep on going, especially as you should probably take numbers off when they pass you The running of a half marathon doubly impresses me as as a lay person I can cleary imagine what it will be like for you and the only reason I haven't done it myself is due to my own lazyness and lack of motivation.

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      Joshua Pettit 

      4 years ago from Charleston, Mississippi

      @jn FootMindBody is a new website doing custom orthotics. The big difference is they custom fit the foot and the shoe. It's pretty cool how they do it. The built a very large database of every type of shoe. Here is their process:

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      6 years ago

      Can I ask what number you are? The way you describe your feet sounds just like my feet, yet the inserts I was "prescribed" by Dr. Scholl's are WAY too wide to even fit in my shoes! Several of my shoes are already a bit too wide in the heel for me, yet these inserts still did not fit in them. I am wondering if different numbers may have different widths. Do you know if that is possible?

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      6 years ago

      Past two years i was suffering from foot pain. After reading this blog, i tried some custom orthopedic insole oriented footwear through online at and got rid of it.

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      Annette Thomas 

      6 years ago from Northeast Texas


      If you have a Walmart, you will find it there. If you don't have a Walmart, then Walgreen's may have it.

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      6 years ago

      WHERE canI find sucha device inmy area? My addressis 40 Morrow Avenue, Scarsdale, NY 10583


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