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Re: Orthotics
      06/25/07 10:30 AM
BL

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I have had 2 pairs of custom orthodics made for me, and both increased my back pain. But I am the only one that I know that could not wear them. A lot of my friends have them, and they said they gave them instant relief. So it might be worth a try!

They are very expensive (my last pair was $425), and my insurance company did not for them this time. (The other time, a different insurance company paid half the cost.) I did end up getting a refund for this second pair because of my problems with my back. So you may want to ask if they have a guarantee (if you're not satisfied with them after a certain timeframe, can you get your money back.)

I have degenerative disc disorder (bad L4 & L5), have problems with sciatic, and my foot problems are numerous (flat feet, I pronate or turn my feet to the side when I walk, and I had plantar fasciatis and tarsal tunnel syndrome, a nerve condition---both of which I had surgery for in Sept.)

If you do get the orthodics, they recommend only wearing them for a short period (like 30 minutes) each day until your body adjusts to them. One big downside to them is that they usually can only be fitted in an athletic (or athletic-type) shoe. Some of the running shoe companies, such as New Balance, now have some sandals that you can slip them into, but they're not the most attractive shoes. You can't wear them in the cute summer sandals like most women are wearing in the summer (but I can't wear those anyway!!!) So I don't know how important that is to you.

I don't mean to discourage you, just trying to pass on my experience. I know everyone is different. If you're willing to spend the money and time getting used to them, you might want to give them a try.

Good luck! I know how painful back problems and sciatica can be! I spent all weekend on Aleve because of back pain.

Let me know if you have any other questions. Many people swear by the orthodics they have. I wish I could wear them!!!

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