Affordable shoes that are good for orthotic inserts

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Hello everyone this is my first post! I've had pain for almost 13 weeks but have been diagnosed with pf for only 4 weeks. I am currently doing pt for 6 weeks, 2 times per week. Anyway, I am picking up my orthotic inserts in a few days, as of right now I've been surviving in a pair of spenco flip flops, and a cheap pair of inserts in my $20 danskin sneakers. I've never worn good shoes (which is probably why I'm having foot problems now) so I'm at a loss here, I don't have a lot of money to spend thankfully the spenco flip flops were so nicely given to me by my physical therapist for free, but I need some affordable shoes to get me into the winter time that I can put my orthotics in or shoes I don't need the inserts in that have great support. I hate wearing tennis shoes and sneakers, I always typically wore uggs clogs and boots in the winter so this has been a hard change for me. Any suggestion of cute shoes?

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    Well... Idk about women's shoes but shoes that have good support.. are expensive. Even my last pair of sketchers that were reasonable $50ish.. and comfortable. 3 months in and the support is fading fast. If your getting custom otho support maybe some mid price range will work. The problem I notice is that they have support and then my inserts don't seam to fit right. It's a struggle! Sorry this isn't helpful. Lol

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      No that definitely helps thank you! I was looking at sketchers to put my inserts in and I didn't even think of the inserts not fitting into certain shoes. I guess I won't really be able to buy anything until I get the inserts in a couple days. This is so frustrating to basically switch my entire shoe wardrobe and so expensive lol idk how much I will even owe on my inserts yet lol

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      I have been pitying my cheap gel inserts into my shoes and it seems to help. Someone suggested orthotics but aren't they usually hard? I thought the cushioning is important ? So confused. For me at least putting the extra cushioning seems to help but if I walk too much I get pain again

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      That should be putting. Although st times I do pity myself lol
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      Lol! I'm not really sure, two of my aunts had pf and one said the orthotics did nothing and the other said they work wonders. So I suppose everyone is different. My insurance covers 80% or up to $350 so I figured it's worth a shot lol

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      I guess I'll see if I keep improving without it. I think my insurance would cover it though Let me know if it works for you. Thanks

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      i have found that the harder ones don't work for me. they ususally hurt too much.  I want support but it obviously has to be just right.  and that is the problem.  Some ppl have pain in the heel?  but my pain is more in the arches. 

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      Hi Jull, Yes the cushioning is very important for most of us and all I use are the gel heel inserts that are cheap so I have them in all my trainers and walking boots and with calf stretching exercises I have hardly any pain, just a twinge to let me know its still there ready to come back if I stop the gel inserts. I do have the harder insoles for my ski boots as gel inserts are not a good idea for ski boots and they do appear to work as well but were 10 times the price.
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