I always wanted to try out the Dr. Scholls custom orthotics and @MomCentral gave me the opportunity. This is my review of them.
Two Month Update: I have been wearing the Dr. Scholl’s Orthotics for almost 2 months now and I have to say I am 100% satisfied with this product. We went to New York City a few weeks ago and I wore the orthotics in my shoes. Note to self, never wear them in open back shoes and try to walk fast in New York City because they fall out. With all of the walking in the city my feet never hurt once. A few days ago we went to a local festival and had to walk one mile from the parking lot to get to the festival. I did not wear the orthotics and boy did I pay. I wore the same shoes that I had worn in New York City. By the time I walked that mile to the festival I had places on the bottom of my feet that were rubbing and I could hardly walk. Walking the mile back was even worse. I won’t be leaving my custom Dr. Scholls orthotics out of my shoes anytime soon.
It seems that all feet types can have problems and if you stand on your feet all day or even walk for long periods of time your back and feet can ache. I know that even if we are on vacation and spend a lot of time walking around an amusement park or spending the day at a historical landmark the walking can kill my back and my legs ache. My feet don’t have too many problems but my back aches like crazy if I stand or walk too long.
When my oldest son was about 10 he had to get custom orthotics at a local foot doctor (podiatrist). His ankles were weak and both of his feet would not support his legs properly. The doctor put each foot into a cast to create a mold to make the orthotics. These inserts were quite expensive, around $200 from what I remember. I also remember having to get them replaced as they wore out or when he grew too big for them. At the time Greg was in the military and the insurance paid for them so it was not a problem. Today I am not sure how much they would cost but since that was over 20 years ago I assume quite a bit more. The orthotics helped him tremendously because one of his feet was actually leaning inward, making it so he didn’t stand up straight. Today he is 32 years old and his legs and ankles are straight and strong, all because of the custom orthotics he wore back when he was a child.
The Dr. Scholl’s Orthotics Kiosk
We went to our local CVS store to check out the Dr Scholl’s kiosk. You can find a kiosk in your area. Many are located in big box stores like Walmart too. It is super easy to use and is voice activated so you know exactly what you need to do. The kiosk will test the pressure you put on each foot as you stand on the platform. At different parts of the test you have to lift one foot off of the platform, using the railing as a brace, and then lean forward so the pressure is just on one foot. You do it for the other foot as well. This helps the Dr. Scholl’s system to accurately scan each foot and give you a custom result. This is how Dr. Scholl’s tells you what custom orthotics are right for your feet.
It uses something called Footmapping® Technology to identify the areas where you apply the most pressure and your arch type. After more than 2,000 sensors calculate your unique measurements, the kiosk then recommends the Custom Fit Orthotic Insert that best fits your feet. It’s really easy and only takes a few minutes to obtain your Custom Fit Orthotic Insert recommendation. I love technology so much that I went through the test twice just to see it working.
When you are done with the test the kiosk tells you exactly what orthotic inserts you need to get for your specific feet. The orthotics are available for purchase right at the kiosks. It told me I needed the CF 120.
The first time I tried out the orthotics I thought there was something wrong with them because they don’t fit the entire size of your shoe. I found out that this is how they are supposed to be made. You place them in your shoe and they go about 3/4 of the way to the end. You will find that they make your shoes slightly tighter with them in there but over the course or a day or so they start to form to your feet and adjust within your shoe.
I really like the feel the orthotics give my feet. They give my feet great support and after walking around a recent conference all day my legs didn’t hurt either. I never remove them from my shoes and actually, I wear them around the house in my sandals. I wear sandals all year in the house instead of slippers and they make my feet feel so good. They have not stiff and give your arch an added boost so you don’t feel like you are walking around flat-footed with no support.
Here are my sandals I wear with the Dr. Scholl’s inserts inside. You can hardly notice them because they are beige in color on the top.
On the bottom they are yellow with a rubber finish. The top fabric is super soft and feels like velour.
They do cost $49.95 but that is a fraction of the cost of custom orthotics through a podiatrist’s office. Check out the video to see how the kiosk actually works.
BONUS REBATE: Right now you can get $7.50 back when you submit the rebate when you buy a pair of Dr. Scholl’s Custom Orthotics. Just print out this form, buy your orthotics and send in the necessary information. The rebate is good until December 31, 2011.
The giveaway is over.
Entry is simple! Just leave a comment below and tell me if you have seen or tried out a Dr. Scholl’s kiosk in your area.
One winner will receive a pair of Dr. Scholl’s Custom Fit Orthotics Inserts from the Dr. Scholl’s Kiosk at your local retailer. Retail value $50.00
General Giveaway Rules: This giveaway is only open to residents of the United States who are 18 years of age or older. Ends on May 31, 2011, at midnight EST. The email addresses that are collected for this giveaway will only be used for the purpose of contacting the winner and will never be given out to anyone nor sold. The winners will be randomly chosen and contacted via email. The winner will have 72 hours to respond. Only one winner per household. Please make sure you check your junk mail folder. Winners will also be posted on Sweeties Reviews here.
Disclosure: Dr. Scholl’s and Mom Central is sponsoring this giveaway. 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. All comments and opinions are my own!