Does Dr. Scholl's Custom Fit Footmapping Machine Work?
Footmapping Machines in Local Stores
Dr. Scholl's now has kiosks in stores so you can have a machine recommend the correct custom insoles for your shoes. What you do is take your shoes off and stand on the platform. The machines are located primarily in select Wal-Mart stores and CVS pharmacies. This machine will take readings of your feet and how you stand. It will identify any problems (such as over- or under-pronation) to make a recommendation for you. The orthotic recommendation will let you know which of the products on display will suit your needs best.
Orthotics help correct problems related to your feet. If you are flat-footed, it is likely you "over-pronate" which means you need added support in the arch area. This does not mean you need a high-arched shoe, but the opposite. You need support and resistance to prevent rolling your foot in the wrong direction. People who "under-pronate" have high arches and roll their ankles outward.
This new innovative machine is designed for public easy access to custom products. Normally, these machines require the assistance of a sales associate in better running shoe stores. Custom orthtotics can replace your current insoles.
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Dr. Scholl's Machine Locations & Product Choices
Dr. Scholls site for locations of these machines in the United States.
You will see a box in the right-hand corner to search by zip code. Many of them are located in Wal-Mart stores in the pharmacy area. These machines include displays with products in each store.
For Canadian locations try Dr. Scholl's Canada.
I tested out the machine and was impressed by how it measured. You have to take a couple different measurements (one standing with both feet, and standing on each individual foot). The screen gives you a visual read of the pressure map of your foot and provides an orthotic product recommendation from their assortment for your individual needs. I had a high arch and low pressure on my foot and I was recommended the lowest number style.
The orthotic styles have numbers and the low number is for high arches and the highest number is for people with flat feet and need the most pronation control. I don't think this machine will tell you if you don't need an extra orthotic for support. It would never hurt you to have it especially if you are on your feet all day, so it appears they have models for people with neutral foot positions as well. It must be selling well; I saw a few of the orthotics were out of stock already.
The cost of orthotics at the station is $50 and there are 14 different support types. It may seem like a lot compared to other Dr. Scholl's products, but is significantly less expensive than other custom orthotics. You can get custom orthotics from a doctor or service for $200 to $500 and they are personalized for your individual feet. These reasonably-priced alternatives do work for many people and if you have concerns about your needs, check with your doctor.
Common Foot Problems Orthotics Can Help
Other Brands of Store Orthotics
If you are not interested in custom orthotics are just looking for basic cushion or support, Dr. Scholl's makes several lines of insoles. These can be cut to size for your exact shoe and come in men's or women's. Types include: Back Pain Relief, Tri-Comfort, Adjustable Arch pain relief and many more. These can be less then $20 and good if you need insoles for only one pair of shoes. Insoles can be a good way to get more miles out of running shoes, also. Many running shoes you think need replacing may just need new insoles.
Other orthotics in local retail locations include The Walking Company with over 200 retail locations and prices ranging from $44.95 to $79.95 for premium quality products with six-month warranties. If you have continuing knee of foot problems or require durable and serious support then I would recommend shopping around better shoe retail stores like The Walking Company or even medical supply stores whose inventory include several sizes and styles. Sometimes custom orthotics from a doctor's office are the most expensive option, but are a positive solution for individuals with back or spine misalignment or those with support needs a store brand can't satisfy.
Customer Comments and Returns
I have heard from people who have made a purchase that the insoles need to be worn a couple of times a week and take some breaking-in. Check the return policy of the store when you make the purchase but give them a chance to break in if they are uncomfortable for you. Also, wear them as a replacement insole to your current shoe instead of placing them on top of your current insoles.
You May Be Wearing the Wrong Shoe
If you have flat feet or high arches there are some types of shoes you should avoid. Filp flops, the incorrect type of athletic shoes and high heels may not be appropriate for your feet. If you have a flat foot I would advise finding an athletic shoe designed for 'stability'. Those with high arches need cushion. I sold running shoes for a couple of years and the type of shoe you wear can make or break your athletic performance or just hurt your feet and knees in general.
If you want to continue learning, please visit my shoe guide. If you are on your feet during the day and need the additional support, wearing a supportive athletic shoe if perfectly fine even if you are not participating in athletic activities.
My Other Orthotic Reviews
- The Walking Company Premium Orthotics
I just bought and wore orthotics by The Walking Company and love the support and quality for store-bought orthoics. Check out my review on these too if you are looking for a good full-length pair for walking, running, or dress.