Ortho Inserts

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I love my Sidi shoes, but the insoles were terrible to start with and are close to useless after a year's riding, so the shoes are feeling sloppy. Dr. Scholl doesn't seem to be the answer. Anybody know of an LBS that sells decent insoles separately or does orthotic fitting? If not, I'd welcome suggestions of a podiatrist in Manhattan who can solve the problem with permanent orthotic inserts.

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Yogi On Bike (not verified)
You Must Acquit

I know nothing about orthotic inserts other than the fact that you might have to buy bigger shoes to fit them. But you can try an inexpensive (free) solution to see if it helps. Use one of the removable inserts from a pair of your favorite old running shoes,–light weight, flatten, and already conformed to your feet for plenty of support. You can cannibalize shoes like bikes, just put them back if you want to go for a run.


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Carol (not verified)
Yorke Shoe Store...

...at 140 E. 55th St. will fit you for custom orthotics for either dress shoes or sporting shoes. Any custom orthotic is expensive, but I think Yorke is a bit less expensive than going to an orthopedist. I have been able to wear the same size shoes with the orthotics as without.

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Chris T (not verified)
skip the podiatrist

"Ski shops often sell orthodic insoles for ski boots. There is no reason that these cannot be fitted for bike shoes. However, this is not a cheap option, one midtown shop charges close to $100 for this service -- it is definiativly cheaper in the suburbs, 25 to 50% less.

If your shoes are done, maybe the most cost effective is to select a great pair of cycling shoes, with the attitude that ""I won't get them unless they feel awesome"""

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Rick Braun (not verified)
orthotics for cycling

I have been going to Dr. Rock Positano (519 East 72nd Street, Suite 201, 606-1858, 800-719-0884) for orthotics to help my knees. The orthotics were mucho expensive though (fortunately, partially covered by my health insurance). They have seemed to have helped.

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Evan Marks (not verified)

"I went there too. The pain was worse with the orthotics than without, and the message seemed to be ""take it or leave it.""

Switching to a different brand of shoe (from Sidi to Vittoria [wider toebox, flatter forefoot]) was all it took to get rid of the pain.

You can get custom shoes (rocket7.com) for a lot less than visits to the podiatrist, but...



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Bill Vojtech (not verified)

"I got orthotics at my chiropractor for my walking around shoes. They were not easy to get used to at first, so I put them in my cycling shoes.

I loved them in my cycling shoes. After a while I started using them in my street shoes, too.

I've heard that they make special orthotics for cycling. Regular orthotics, like the ones I have, are ""rear posted""- they have a heel cup and taper off to a thin flexible insole up front. Cycling orthotics are ""front posted""- they have a cup under the ball of the foot and are flimsy at the rear. It makes sense that they'd make them that way for cycling since that's the part of the foot that contacts the pedal.

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