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What are the pros and cons of having a podiatrist make custom insoles (versus Superfeet Kork, Instaprint, etc)

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 

Friends,

 

I desperately need a pair of custom insoles for my ski boots.  Among other things, I have a particularly high arch. I've visited two bootfitters I'd heard decent things about and heard conflicting advice.  The first (Elite Feet at Northstar) said that Superfeet Kork is the only way to go because the material continues to mold to your feet.  The other (Sports ltd at Heavenly) said Instaprint is the way to go because it's a more modern and comfortable material.

But what about getting custom insoles made by a podiatrist?  My podiatrist made custom insoles for my walking shoes, and they are great.  He made a plaster mold of my feet, in a completely unweighted position, so there was no deformation of the shape of my foot caused by standing on them.  My understanding is that with either Instaprint or Kork or just about any of the things that bootfitters do, there is at least some foot deformation that gets reflected in the insole, because the way they make the insoles is to press the material against your foot.

What are the pros and cons of having a podiatrist make custom insoles, versus having a bootfitter make them with Superfeet Kork, Instaprint, etc?  What have your experiences been?

Thanks!

-Will
 

post #2 of 7
the podiatrist route is fine as long as he understands the difference between run/walk and skiing,  and the relative volumes of the footwear involved.  the major difference is the overabundance of lateral support in a ski boot vs. a shoe and this may  in some cases end up feeling no better after a full custom podiatric subscription.  this is not to say that it is immpossible but interview the Podiatrist beforehand. and ask about his ski knowledge, and not just that he has - "done this before- trust me!"
good luck,
sw
post #3 of 7
I see ones made by orthos/podiatrist all the time.  Usually they work fine, but often they are made 3/4 length and don't work in ski boots.  Some docs will do weird rear foot posting that doesn't sit well inside a tight boot. 
post #4 of 7
Thread Starter 
Thanks Sandy and Stephen for your responses.  I find that hearing from experts like you is terrifically valuable for neophytes like me!

You both described the podiatrist-made insoles as "fine", with caveats.  I'd love a solution that's a lot better than "fine".  What would you say is "great"?  Would you recommend something else over this approach? 

I realize of course that you don't know my particular feet so you can't give me a tailored suggestion.  But frankly I don't know enough about my feet either, and I'm sure that your best guess would be much better than me just shooting in the dark.  What would be the top one or two solutions you'd suggest I investigate in more detail?  Since I can't just really try podiatrist orthotics and Kork and Instaprint, and then pick the best, I need to pick one option given imperfect information.  What would you say is the "percentage play" most likely to turn out well?

Thanks again for your help.  I really appreciate it!

-Will
post #5 of 7
make sure you bring in your boots to make sure that they will fit too.  (acutally, if the pod doesn't ask about your boots that is a VERY bad sign to start with)
post #6 of 7
Why does a very high arch desperately need insoles?

Lou
post #7 of 7
your highest percentage play is to find a boot fitter that is also a pedorthist (who do you think makes the footbeds for the podiatrists, oh wait, you think that a podiatrist builds the footbed he sells to you? )

if you do not have one guy assess your foot, and your ski boot, and build and interface the footbed into the ski boot, your percentage of a successful venture is on the low side.

as far as type or brand of footbed.... it ain't the meat it's the motion.... find yourself a good boot fitter.

jim
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