On Thursday I thought 'oh, I seem to be getting used to them - I'm walking better amd my hips don't ache as much' and then realised that I had worn them for a total of about 30 mins
hmmm. probably not a good sign.
They should be right - I mean they fit the casts of my feet very nicely, but I can't help thinking that plaster casts probably aren't as flexible as the real thing
Maybe the fact that my feet can grow up to an inch in length when I stand isn't helping.
How are you getting on with them now?
I too am 'breaking in' new custom made orthotics. The whole issue of hypermobility raised its head a few months ago when a back problem flared up (it turns out the MRI I've just had done reveals 3 large, bulging discs in the lumbar region alone - one so large it is eroding the spinal cord covering!) The experience seems to have left me with a partial disability to my left foot i.e. I can't control it as I can the other one, exacerbated by an underlying problem of pronation and flat feet.
I read with interest your query about the cast being taken with the foot raised and the arch high (i.e. not flat, therefore the foot being shorter, a different shape etc.) I wondered exactlty the same thing when I was having my casts made! When the Podiatrist did a biomechanical assessment of my feet, she was astounded that the measurements taken showed that my plates of meat are apparently 'ridiculous' - they are the weirdest feet she has ever seen, and way way off normal measurements. It was she who mentioned the word 'hypermobile' and has solved the mystery of the weird things that have been happening to my body over recent years! Nobody else has spotted it, just calling me 'bendy' etc!
Anyway, to answer your question, I would have thought that the podiatrists would have considered our considerable anomalies (excessive pronation and flatness etc) when making the casts, so in answer to your query, I guess they know what they are doing (???!!!) I hope so.
Are yours made from carbon fibre? I went privately, as the orthopaedic clinic I went to for my back said they no longer have podiatrists (cost cutting and all that) and that they wouldn't have been able to do any better than the inserts I bought from Scholl (which I found very helpful by the way). I found this totally unacceptable, as by this time I had a grossly swollen ankle and the pain was terrible - torn tissues etc. I decided to go privately and get help immediately, as the shop assistant at Scholl said I needed a State Registered Podiatrist urgently, and that this would also help my knees, hips and back.
For anyone reading this and wondering about going privately, it was very easy (I found one via the internet and got an appointment in 2 days). It costs about Ã‚Â£25-Ã‚Â£35 for an appointment and you can get a full biomechanical assessment where they look for anomalies.
The custom made orthotics cost a lot more - Ã‚Â£250 including the casting and fitting etc with the podiatrist. The good news is that they are solid (carbon fibre), indestructable and should last a lifetime. The bad news is that I have just read some of these posts and now wonder whether 'hard' is a good thing! It took a few weeks between the initial assessment and actually getting the orthotics.
I too am having a bit of discomfort breaking them in Hannah - when I walked to the corner shop last night I said to my partner that it felt like I had them in the wrong way round! It was agony.
I also have been told to just wear them for a short spell each day and to increase the time.
They fit best in my ankle boots. Trainers are not quite as good, and my ballet pumps are a 'no no' apparently. I think I will keep my smaller Scholl inserts for days I want to wear more attractive shoes!
The podiatrist said that a little discomfort is normal, but that it is very important we look out for any other problems with them, as at this stage we can still send them back to the manufacturer and get them altered at no cost. I have got to phone her in 2 weeks, and again 2 weeks after that with a progress report.
Apparently she has done hundreds of these orthotics and only ever sent 2 back. Even before I had put mine in my shoes she said "...but your feet are so unique that I just know we are going to have to send them back
Keep in touch and let me know how you get on! It's nice to know there are others out there wondering exactly the same things, and going for the same treatments etc.
Good luck and I hope this really helps you! I was in terrible pain when cooking last night, but when I popped my inserts in my slippers I had immediate relief. Maybe we just need to stand still!!!