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Review: Dr. Scholl’s Custom Fit Orthotics Inserts

Since last September or so, I have been having severe pain in the arch and heel of my right foot. I had assumed it was related to another joint issue I was being treated for at the time and have simply been tolerating it. But after a few months, I suspected my issue was not related and started to investigate my symptoms. I learned very quickly that I have Plantar Faciitis, my symptoms were text book.

The treatments range from stretching and orthotics to surgery. As you can imagine, I am in no hurry to seek surgery. I wanted something easy and over the counter prior to seeing my doctor and possibly having surgery. So when my wife asked me if I was familiar with Dr. Scholl's Custom Fit Orthotic Inserts and asked if I wanted to try them, I could not have been more excited. My foot was getting pretty bad.

The first step to using Dr. Scholl's Custom Fit Orthotic Inserts is to go to one of Dr. Scholl's FootMapping Technology kiosks to have your feet analyzed. Where I live I had a few options, there were kiosks at my local Walmart and CVS Pharmacies. Once there, the process is as easy as taking off your shoes. It was only a few minutes before the kiosk recommended my custom orthotic. The actual orthotic inserts are right there at the kiosk and very plainly marked, ensuring little chance of taking home the wrong one.

In all fairness I was not expecting Dr. Scholl's Custom Fit Orthotic Inserts to cure my Plantar Faciitis, and they didn't. But I have to say I am genuinely impressed with the comfort and results I have enjoyed since using this product. I still have bouts of severe pain and my issue persists, but my symptoms are often less acute and  the frequency has been reduced. Dr. Scholl's Custom Fit Orthotic Inserts have made a clear and definitive difference. Fifty dollars to reduce my discomfort is a bargain at ten times the price.

I recommended Dr. Scholl's Custom Fit Orthotic Inserts 100% and will continue to use them as long as I have discomfort in my foot. The only reservation I have is they aren’t designed to last forever. After using them just a few days one of the elements started to separate from the back of the insert. It stopped separating and they have stayed in good shape for about 4 weeks now, but it is obvious I will need to replace them every few months. I should add a disclaimer that I use my inserts between 8-14 hours a day 6-7 days a week. For the comfort they have given me, it hardly matters.  They are still a bargain even if I need to replace them every few months.

To find a Dr. Scholl's Custom Fit Orthotic Inserts retailer near you, visit  You can print a mail-in-rebate for $7.50 off a pair of Dr. Scholl's Custom Fit Inserts on the same website.  This rebate is good through December 31st, 2011.

I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Dr. Scholl’s and received a Custom Fit Orthotics from Dr. Scholl’s to facilitate my review.