Last week, when I was at the health club, I mentioned to a friend that I was starting to have some foot problems and that I probably needed to get another pair of orthotics. I have been putting this off for some time because I really wasn't keen on spending another $400-500. My friend recommended that I go to Schuler Shoes and have a free foot evaluation by an in-house pedorthist.
What the heck is a pedorthist, you ask? I wondered the same thing and learned that a pedorthist is a health care professional who specializes in the use of footware and supportive devices to address various feet conditions.
So, off I went to Schuler Shoes for an evaluation...
On a side note, I have had a history of foot problems which have resulted in three separate foot surgeries for bone spurs and neuromas. So as you can imagine, I take my feet very seriously.
The pedorthist, recommended Ultra Arch ProThotic Insoles which cost $48.95. He said that many people have been able to use these insoles instead of buying expensive orthotics. He also recommended that I get some Haflinger shoes to wear around the house instead of my Ugg slippers. Evidently, the Haflinger shoes have a built in arch support and still are comfortable. This is not a cheap shoe, however, the cost is about $105.
|Not as cute as my "high heels" but very comfy!|
So I went home with new insoles, a pair of Haflingers, a FootRubz ball and sheet of exercises for my feet.
FYI, all Schuler Shoe stores in Minnesota have a certified/licensed pedorthist in-house once a week and offer free foot screenings. Another tip is to get on their email list so you get their regular coupons.
I still love my "high-heels" but I figure if I continue to take care of my feet, I will be wearing my "heels" for many more years.