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Re: Nice, affordable shoes that you can wear with orthotics in Switzerland

I am not sure what the problem is or what type of insoles you are getting but I have had orthotics for years. I am on my 3rd pair and all of them were able to be used with almost any shoe. I get a pair for running shoes and half ones for running shoes.

I got these made in the US and they were just under 400 for the full ones and 250 for the half soles. My mother also has a pair (from a different Dr) and can use them in most shoes.

Are you sure you need special shoes ? I will admit when I say any shoes I dont mean cheapy ones you buy for 10 bucks on vacation or high heels but I do mean most solidly built quality shoes.
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Old 30.07.2011, 11:12
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Re: Nice, affordable shoes that you can wear with orthotics in Switzerland

I have a pair of orthopedic insoles. I find it easy wearing them, they even fit inside my walking boots, and I used to walk about 20 Km on a good day. (My arthritis has now eaten some of my foot away, and this month after resting my foot for 6 months, the X-Ray shows the bone is growing back again.

My doctor gave me a prescription and I ordered the insoles from a shoemaker in Ittigen. I had to stand on some memory foam, and then she made a pair of insoles for added arch support to fit me. Visana supplementary insurance paid 50% of the CHF 550 cost.

If you don't have the extra insurance, why not drive over the border and get some?
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Damn this is sounding very much like me - I was hoping I could ignore it and it would go away
Yep, me too, thought it was all part and parcel of giving birth, body needs time to recover, etc.

As well as the misaligned pelvis, it also turned out I had inflammation of the pelvis. My new doctor, at the time, looked astonished when i told him I had the symptoms for a year and a half as I hobbled and shuffled through to his office.

I actually thought I was ready for the knacker's yard but no, 2 weeks of anti-inflamtory pills sorted me out and the feet took a few months to return to normal.

Go see nice Doctor Nicky, you need your feet
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Old 30.07.2011, 11:37
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Re: Nice, affordable shoes that you can wear with orthotics in Switzerland

I find Hush Puppies very comfy and they have quite a few nice looking ones. Especially their ballerinas are fantastic because my feet don't start blistering and bleeding when I break the shoes in.
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Old 30.07.2011, 15:33
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So after I just about survived the shock of being told the insoles cost CHF 530 and will more than likely not be covered by health insurance (unlike the several thousand franc operation I would need on my feet if I DON'T start wearing insoles, very logical), I was told to go an pick a pair of shoes in the adjacent shop. Oh, the horror. The shoes were mostly the type even my gran would turn down and all over 200 francs. I don't spend that much on shoes I actually LIKE, never mind ones I don't!
Not sure what type of insoles these are, but CHF 530 sounds a lot.

If you haven't bought them yet, I can give you the address where I got some insoles in Basel, they cost me around 220 and are super quality. I wear them because I overpronate in my running shoes, and they can also be worn in casual, low heel shoes.

Are you sure it is a must to wear orthotic shoes with your insoles?

Has anyone shown you some exercises what to do for your foot issues?
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Old 30.07.2011, 16:23
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Re: Nice, affordable shoes that you can wear with orthotics in Switzerland

I can understand how you feel. My mother was just shy of 6 feet tall, and when she was about 21, she had a severe car accident and pulverized her leg. Fortunately, they decided not to amputate, and fixed her up - but her leg was about an inch and a half or two inches shorter than the one that wasn't broken. She needed orthotics and a built up shoe - and this was in the time when orthopedic shoes were even more hideous than they are now. It does crush a bit of your self esteem when you have to wear hideous granny wouldn't even like them shoes.

If it helps, she always wore birkenstock sandals around the house, because the soles formed around her feet and felt like her orthotics. That may help you...

Have you taken a look at Think! shoes? I believe their insoles come out, and they've got some really cute styles. Unfortunately, they're not all that cheap, but it is worth a look as sometimes you can get them on sale.
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Re: Nice, affordable shoes that you can wear with orthotics in Switzerland

I wore orthotics for a while too whilst getting over some foot problems (which thankfully for me have been "cured" now, after nearly a year of pain - although I will not be so careless with my feet, especially when exercising, again!) I basically found that as long as you wear well fitting trousers/jeans then you can get away with some pretty clumpy type shoes - even the granny types (!) although I did get some "smart trainer-y" type shoes that weren't too bad.

With the CHF vs. dollar/Euro/pound at the moment I would be very tempted to go across the border for both insoles and shoes. In fact for that price you could probably do it cheaper getting a flight to the UK and getting them there. Shoes are dirt cheap in the UK at the moment - even Clarks have a "70% off" sale on right now.

I suppose for me I never really had nice shoes anyway since my feet are large, flat and narrow, it was always a nightmare without the insoles so with them I didn't notice that much difference in selection (just have a look on the rack what's in the size 42 section!)

Also, the winter will be back soon and then there are boots to look forward to - where you can get away with some solid low heeled ones without being a granny - even lace ups are "in"!

And once you get over the horrible "no more buying pretty shoes" thing, try substituting with "buying pretty handbags and necklaces" instead! Works for me
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Re: Nice, affordable shoes that you can wear with orthotics in Switzerland

So I phoned my health insurance again and they definitely pay nothing, nada, zip. Which means I can't have the insoles because I simply can't afford them. Part of the issue with my feet is my weight and I have tried going for walks to help with that but my feet hurt really badly after about half an hour so it's a bit difficult. The problem is that I have a splayfoot with the second and third bone under the front part of my foot actually showing under the skin as all the weight in on there. The insole would have redistributed the weight on to my feet more evenly. I'm trying cycling and short bursts of intense activity at the moment and eating healthy (with one cheat day) but the weight won't disappear from one day to the next and the orthopedist said it will only make it a little better, not make the problem go away.
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Re: Nice, affordable shoes that you can wear with orthotics in Switzerland

I've been wearing the insoles you're talking about for about 3 years now.
My health insurance didn't pay either and, as you say, they are very expensive.
They have, though, made the most incredible difference to the pain in my feet and legs, and I consider the cost well worthwhile.
As I'm a granny, wearing 'granny' shoes bothers me not a jot and, anyway, I wear jeans most of the time, but one of my younger friends asked me the other day where I'd bought my shoes because she liked them so much, and she doesn't have problems.
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Old 03.08.2011, 10:50
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Re: Nice, affordable shoes that you can wear with orthotics in Switzerland

Sorry to hear that you can't get the insoles. You'd think when it's something medically needed that insurance would pick up the bill

Maybe we should start a collection for you
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Old 03.08.2011, 10:55
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Re: Nice, affordable shoes that you can wear with orthotics in Switzerland

Have you checked with the IV Kittster? There may be a chance that your entitled to at least partial financing. Would be worth a go.
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Part of the issue with my feet is my weight and I have tried going for walks to help with that but my feet hurt really badly after about half an hour so it's a bit difficult.
If you are concerned about not getting enough exercise, have you considered alternatives that would not put pressure on your feet, such as cycling or swimming?
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If you are concerned about not getting enough exercise, have you considered alternatives that would not put pressure on your feet, such as cycling or swimming?
Yeah, I do cycle quite a bit, swimming is currently out because I managed to spectacularly cut my finger but I do that too. The knock-on effect of the foot pain is also a factor, I get back aches from walking funny. It's not that I'm not prepared to pay that amount, it's just that I physically don't have the money, my bank account is overdrawn and my cards are maxed out. Having a look at options in Germany/France.
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Old 03.08.2011, 11:31
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Re: Nice, affordable shoes that you can wear with orthotics in Switzerland

Kittster, I’m going to Poland next week and will be returning in a month or so (have some unfinished business to attend). If you wish, I could buy you the insoles there: they will probably be at least three times less expensive than here. Unfortunately, I have no idea if you need a prescription to buy them and you’d have to explain to me exactly what kind of insoles you need.
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Not sure what type of insoles these are, but CHF 530 sounds a lot.

If you haven't bought them yet, I can give you the address where I got some insoles in Basel, they cost me around 220 and are super quality. I wear them because I overpronate in my running shoes, and they can also be worn in casual, low heel shoes.

Are you sure it is a must to wear orthotic shoes with your insoles?

Has anyone shown you some exercises what to do for your foot issues?
I think it depends what you are getting. I have orthotics from the good old NHS in England since before I moved out. The cost to the NHS to make each pair is 1000 quid. This isnt trainers that advertise "we are orthotics oh yeah" its proper orthotics - you have your feet moulded in a plaster case and then the orthotic is built from the shape left and one (or both) is then expertly altered to give level footing when worn.

The change in my life since I got them was staggering, the level of pain in my knees dropped about 95%.

I am not sure how much they are out here, but if it is proper custom moulded orthotics as Ittigen says they should fit in any show that has sides (otherwise they can fall out!), i.e. not sandles but there shouldnt be a requirement to buy a particular type of shoe.
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Re: Nice, affordable shoes that you can wear with orthotics in Switzerland

Silly question, I admit: can't you just borrow the money from..ahem, parents?
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Kittster, I’m going to Poland next week and will be returning in a month or (have some unfinished business to attend). If you wish, I could buy you the insoles there: they will probably be at least three times less expensive than here. Unfortunately, I have no idea if you need a prescription to buy them and you’d have to explain to me exactly what kind of insoles you need.
Really lovely of you to offer, but I think you need them fitted to your feet, they took all sorts of measurements of mine and it would have been a three stage process, measure, get temporary ones to try for a while, then get the proper ones and come back after a few weeks to make final adjustments. So I don't think the price is completely bonkers, it's just not actually having the money to pay for the price that they are...

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Re: Nice, affordable shoes that you can wear with orthotics in Switzerland

My mother suffered from the same condition. Her doctor provided her with the appropriate insoles (this was in the UK, on the NHS) and he also outlined a daily exercise routine for her. She has a problem budging her excess weight due to very high blood pressure, so the regimen was tailored accordingly. It involved stretching her leg muscles with the use of a very long elastic band (which the NHS leant to her).
This is what she did daily:

1)Sit upright in a chair, with one foot tread on the band whilst holding each end, in each hand, lift up this leg to about half-way up towards your chest and then push the leg outwards as though trying to put on a big pair of socks. Once the leg is as fully stretched as possible, hold for a count of five and then rest, repeat ten times and then switch to the other leg.

2)Stand about a foot away from a wall, facing the wall with feet hip-width apart. Face your palms out in front of you, at shoulder-height and shouder-width apart, then lean into the wall, feeling the backs of your legs stretching. Hold and repeat ten times.

You could also do this exercise by standing on the bottom step of a staircase, with only the balls of the feet resting on the step. Drop the heels as far as possible whilst leaning forwards, about a 45° angle, obviously hold onto the banister & wall. By gently, no jerking, rocking your body backwards and forwards, you can feel the 'stretch working'---please be careful with this because my mother said it was painful in the beginning!

3)Stand on the balls of your feet, unaided, as though wearing imaginary high heels and then lower your feet back to the ground. Repeat ten times.

In addition to the above exercises she massaged her feet twice a day. Her doctor said it would relax the tension in the muscles because he explained that, particularly in her case, it was due to poor muscles.
She also wore a strap around each foot; from what I remember, it wrapped around her weak arches and she was able to adjust the grip.
She doesn't have anywhere near the same amount of pain as she used to. Mother says that she notices the pain starts again if she becomes extremely lazy about the stretching. And she hardly wears the insoles now - only on a very long daytrip.

*Since then she's been ordering shoes online from a company called 'Hotter'. http://www.hottershoes.com/

I hope this could be useful for you, as it was for my mother!

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Re: Nice, affordable shoes that you can wear with orthotics in Switzerland

Know this is an old post but I've just been told orthotics would help my feet..... and was wondering has anyone gotten them in Germany- cost here is rather prohibitive!

For me somewhere reachable by train would be most convenient.
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Re: Nice, affordable shoes that you can wear with orthotics in Switzerland

I'm thinking of doing the same thing, Crescenter, so I hope someone has some suggestions! My orthotics are pretty much worn out.
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