Recently I got a seasonal job as a Salvation Army Bell Ringer. It’s a job where you’re standing for 10 hours a day and that can be really rough on your feet, especially if you’re like me and you have “fallen arches” or flat feet. After working a day or two I knew I needed to find something that would give me better support.
I remembered that our Walmart has a Dr. Scholl’s Custom Fit Orthotics machine. I had never tried it and it didn’t interest me much because the insoles cost about $50, but I was kind of desperate at this point. I did read tons of reviews online from both average consumers and doctors before trying them though.
What Doctors Think About Dr. Scholl’s Custom Fit Orthotics
Most of the reviews from podiatrists weren’t very positive. They claim that Dr. Scholl’s machine can only scan your feet in 2D which means the machine can see areas of your feet that get more pressure but it can’t tell if your arch is standard, very low, or extremely high. The machine does match you to a particular type of insole, but no one has the same exact feet so they’re not truly custom fit.
What Customers Think About These Insoles
I read through tons of reviews on Amazon and people seem to be split. Many people actually like the insoles and claim they helped relieve their foot pain. But a lot of people say they didn’t help at all. A few people even claimed their feet hurt worse after using Dr. Scholl’s orthotics.
What I Think About Dr. Scholl’s Custom Fit Orthotics
Using the machine is really easy but I was a bit confused by it. It said I have standard arches. But when I was younger a podiatrist actually diagnosed me with very flat feet. But I really wanted to give these insoles a fair chance, so I went with the standard arch insoles it recommended for me. They cost about $50.
Using them didn’t help at all. I was in just as much pain and discomfort as I had been with my regular Nike shoes. I tried wearing them for a week and my experience never got any better. So I sent them back for a full refund, which I received pretty fast.
In the end, I bought an anti-fatigue mat and some $10 shoes at Walmart that have memory foam in them. It’s still not a great solution, but it works for relieving foot pain better than Dr. Scholl’s insoles did.
If you’re desperate for some relief I say go ahead and try them. They do cost $50 which is a lot of money, but they do seem to help some people. A better solution would be to get custom-made orthotics from an actual doctor, but not everyone can afford that. And Dr. Scholl’s does offer a full refund as long as you send back the original sales receipt and packaging.
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