By Mikey Maglinte, Jun 29 2014 05:37PM
I have been using these for about 6 years, and cannot recommend them enough.
I was diagnosed with plantar's fasciitis about 8 years ago and tendonitis in my ankles about a year later. Naturally, I went to the pharmacy and tried the over the counter inserts and remedies available there. When those didn't work, I special ordered foam and hard plastic inserts, support socks, silicone arch supports - you name it - from a specialty foot website/shop. Nothing really made things any better. I bought special (read: ugly) shoes designed with my particular foot conditions in mind. I was still in pain after walking just a block or two. My podiatrist was at the point of ordering cortisone injections for me, because of the constant pain. I was hesistant to go that route, but at that point, I was getting desperate...
Then, I came across Forward Arch at the L.A. County Fair. I know what you're thinking. Really? Orthotics the fair? Like, the same place where they sell the Sham-wow & the Slap Chop? Trust me, I was plenty skeptical. But, like I said, I was desperate.
So, I sat down for a fitting. This was important, because a right fit was really important & let me tell you why. They explained to me that tradional orthotics and foam inserts support your "broken" arch. Its in the position that causes pain & it misaligned. The Forward Arch supports your arch in the position that it SHOULD BE IN. The other things are like putting a cast on your broken leg in the broken position, rather than putting it in the position it needs to be to heal itself THEN slapping the cast on it. Duh. Makes sense, right? Yeah.
So, I paid for them and, true to their instructions, it did hurt for the first two weeks or so of use. It is important to build your tolerance to them slowly. Its like trying to run a marathon on your first training run. Not gonna happen. But if you slowly ease into it, your body/feet get used to being in the new, supportive position and over a very short period of time, you start to notice your feet don't hurt as much when you get out of bed first thing in the morning. You can walk more than a block or two without limping. You don't need to ice your feet after walking around the mall.
Now that I've been using them so long, I can't remember what its like to be without them, and luckily, I don't have to. Let me tell you what I can do now that I couldn't before: I can RUN a 5k! I can WALK twice that. Easy. I don't have to worry about ice or stretching or arnica gel. Even better: I don't have to use them everyday anymore. I can wear heels to work (without the orthotics) and not be limping by the time I get home. I just put them in whatever flats/athleticshoes/boots that I can fit them in & I'm good to go.
If you're not sure, just try it. You don't have a lot to lose. I imagine if you're reading this review, you're at the point where you're desperate, too. At most, you have a couple of hundred dollars to lose. At best, you can stop thinking about & experiencing pain that keeps you from doing the things you want to do in your life because it won't be an issue anymore.
Comelona S. - Pasadena, CA