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« on: March 07, 2007 03:09:49 PM »

I would like to know how to make my own arch supports. The ones in the stores don't hardly do a thing for my flat feet, and getting orthotics is a royal hassle with red tape from the medical insurance. You don't even want to know the price if I bought them myself! I lost *one* and I need to get another pair made!! But I'd really like to know how to make them myself.

I was thinking something along the lines of what Birkenstocks do- the cork lining that molds to your feet. They really are TERRIFIC. What makes them so different than the cheap ones? Because they are better, no doubt.

Here are some ideas I've played with: Cork, custom-sewn hard-stuffed arch, molded plastic of some sort, plaster of paris in some fashion, modifying store-bought insoles in some fashion.

Using plaster of paris to create a mold is useless in this case because of the flat feet- I need an arch higher than what I've got naturally.

Do you clever folks have any ideas for me please??

« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2007 05:20:19 PM »

what kind of store-bought arches have you tried?

this catalog/online store, footsmart.com, has all sorts of shoes and stuff for orthopedic/diabetic reasons but they sell arch supports too. my parents have bad feet problems and really like their products.

i have super flat feet too, i had medical arch support things when i was like 12 but never used them. i need to get the inserts again but i apparently don't care about my feet.

if you really want to make your own, maybe if you find a brand that fits your tastes, you can figure out how to make them yourself.

good luck Smiley

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