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What has been your experience with podiatrist-made custom insoles?

post #1 of 4
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Fellow skiers,

I'm trying to decide whether to get my podiatrist to make me custom insoles for my ski boots, and I'd love to hear your experience with such things.

My feet have very high arches, and my podiatrist made insoles for my walking shoes that really help.  I need some sort of custom insole for my ski boots as well.  I've been considering Superfeet Kork or Instaprint insoles, but my podiatrist, who is a skier and is familiar with both those options, said he can make full-length custom insoles for me for about $80 - $100 more than those options (since he already has a cast of my feet).

He said one of the big benefits is that this method is based on the shape of my foot in an unweighted position, while in many of the alternatives, the shape of the insole is formed by pushing it against your foot, partially deforming the foot and somewhat defeating the purpose.  I don't know what to think.

What experience do you have with podiatrist-made custom insoles?  Do they work better than the alternatives?  Worse? 

I asked a related question of the bootfitting experts, but I'd love to hear from your personal experience.

Thanks,
Will
post #2 of 4
Don't have any insight other than, if you have your podiatrist make the insoles, your insurance will pay for them, which seems like a pretty big plus, considering the cost.
post #3 of 4
 Me, my wife and my sons all have insoles, - all made by podiatrists,MD's offices, foot specialists or custom boot-fitters. All work great. Custom-made ones - created by medical pros or bootfitters - are the best. But because I ski telly - which requires the insoles to bend at the toe - I bought some inexpensive SOLE insoles on-line to use with my close-fitting telly boots. They also work well. Insoles are very important to me, since I have bony, narrow feet with low arches and a recently-broken ankle. What's most important is to get a good insole and always ski with it, regardless of who makes it. Never buy or rent a ski boot unless your insole works with it.
post #4 of 4
At that price, what do you have to lose?          
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