an orthotic is just a device that used to support prevent a line or correct a moveable part of the body today's talk we're discussing specifically foot orthotics the reason why a lot of people use orthotics is that their body or their feet are working in a certain way that's putting too much stress on the structures and by us giving it a device that goes into the shoe we're going to reduce the amount of movement I'd stress on those structures and that allows the body to heal and to continue to function foot work thoughts can treat a wide variety of issues whether it's heel pain arch pain top of the foot pain ankle pain ball the foot pain big toe pain lots of things but the truth is there's a lot of people that still don't really know how orthotics work there's been a lot of studies trying to decide what exactly did orthotics do and here in my practice and what I've seen and through the help of my dad's experience we see that by reducing them on a stress that goes into the foot we get less stress on that tissue and now the body isn't being damaged through daily activity the body can heal and return back to normal function so no matter what your issue is let's just talk about the orthotic devices available to you guys and you guys can be the judge of them if you need them and which one might be the best for you the first device we're going to be looking at today is a dr. Scholl's over-the-counter gel insole what we have here is a dr. Scholl's massaging gel insole it says it helps reduce muscle fatigue as we can see very very flexible to me this isn't anything that's going to give you support there's nothing really holding up your body's weight this is pure cushioning the cushion is able to absorb some of the stress when we're pounding the ground and that stress goes into this instead of going into our foot and that's what can help reduce discomfort we can see it's very thin over here and much thicker underneath the heel so this is mostly made for heel pain or heel discomfort because it will cushion the heel this is something that I tell a lot of people to use if they're doing a lot of walking they're not really having foot discomfort but want to make the shoes more comfortable this to me is made for comfort this isn't going to support your foot based on the definition there's nothing that's really going to align support or correct in this kind of insult this is purely cushioning and comfort so if you're looking for something to give you your heels a little bit more cushioning then make things feel a little bit more comfortable this would be an option very important nothing that's supporting your foot just a cushion so what we have here is a dr. Scholl's pain relief orthotic and actually says orthotic for plantar fasciitis prevents pain all-day prevents pain from coming back reinforce the arch shock absorbing heel cushion so let's see how this one compares to the job one so this one we can tell it's much different than the other one here there's a lot more material and there's a lot more shape to this device from the side view we can see it comes up over here we can see there's more arch height over here there's more of a heel cup and in the middle we can see that there's a firmer plastic this right here is acting as the foot or arch support it can still bend in the middle so it doesn't have a lot of hold but there is more material in your arch because there's more material in your arch this gel or this foam and this plastic material that reduces the amount of compression your art is going to lower less by the foot lowering less in the arch or when it rolls over that is going to reduce some of the movement you're experiencing and by removing some of that motion we reduced the stress on the tissue so this one has a lot more hold or more support than this one so we can see very flexible noting here versus this one has more material more padding in the arch and still has a soft heel actually looking at this one this one sin is pretty nice it has a nice soft foam forefoot padding so very comfortable the heel is still very soft and comfortable and we do have a little bit more arch support so this is definitely a great a step up from the last one pretty comfortable I like how this one feels and how it looks if you're someone who's carrying a lot of weight this might not do the job for you and you might not give you enough support but this is definitely better than having nothing what we have here is super feet green I've seen this around in the market a lot of hockey players uses in their skates this is another type of over-the-counter orthotic or insole step on a pair of super feet and find out how good your feet can feel reduces foot fatigue satisfaction guaranteed they have a nice little thing on the back here it says shape equals support soft gels our flimsy foam can't hold their shape super feet insoles support your weight while cushioning your feet so you feel great all day so that's a really important part this insula saying that it can support your body's weight and by us supporting the weight and reducing the amount of motion or collapse that's where we're going to get relief really slick design it looks a lot cooler seeing right away the cushioning on this one much firmer higher density foam doesn't have as much compression comparing to the last one this one's really soft and comfy much firmer but the difference is what we have on the bottom of this insole so we can see there's this hard plastic shell here and from the side it goes up into the arch we have a much deeper heel cup and still have that nice high arch shape over here so this has a much firmer sole or arch support than the last one we looked at this definitely is going to give you more support or more hold what I find about insoles is that sometimes the firmer they are the more problems we can have because again it might hold the foot too much the foot still needs to move can't be rigid and if we have too much support can be no good but this again it is flexible you can see I can still bend it quite easily but this is what's gonna be supporting your foot so when we look at this one compared to this one very easy to bend this one much firmer and this is going to give us more support this one is a lot softer well has a lot more padding this one's much firmer so even though we get support we lose some of that cushioning factor so it really depends on what you really need to mean I like the comfort aspect something that's really stopped but also has the support so what I've stayed for last is this power step so this is another over-the-counter insole here it says the original orthotic support for enhanced comfort and support in most shoes another full-length orthotic looking at the picture at the back it really breaks down what's inside this one we see an actual shell that's inside two layers of cushioning and in another arch support layer down here it looks a lot more heavy-duty to me and I'm really curious to see how this one looks so here we go with another over-the-counter insole and to me this one looks the most like a custom-made insole we can see from the side it has more of this defying arch there's no fill if we look at the other insult we can see this one this one is completely filled inside here the arch all filled up with foam this one was completely filled with again that foam in the hard plastic and this style here we have more of a space so when it's in your shoe there is a space between the shell and the bottom of the shoe to me I like this style of insoles the most it acts more like a suspension to a car has again a heel cup and that arch we can see the curve here it's flexible it has a lot more balance than the other ones I like having a little bit of more flexibility to my insoles that way that's not too stiffing too hard some people do require a stiffer more rigid orthotic some need a more flexible one but to me have starting with a basic one like this that has some flex is gonna be a good thing when it's in your shoe this space is going to act more like a suspension and hold the bridge up so we get a better balance it's not as soft as the other ones the dr.schultz one is the softest insole for sure the has a lot more padding here the heels a little bit firm as well but this is your closest thing that I think to a custom-made orthotic and it looks pretty good and I like the way it feels it's a very basic simple insulin and sometimes simple is all you need to get the relief out of all the insoles I showed you today the ones that I personally like this dr. Scholl's one because of the amount of padding and softness at the heel and we still have this little bit of arch support it's still really flexible but because we have to build up into the arch we can't get the support the other one that I really liked was this one more like a custom-made insole with that space in the middle to allow the orthotic to bounce up and down in suspension not too aggressive not too firm not too hard and a very simple design this sometimes simple works best another option that I use here my clinic is a custom made insole as you can see this custom insulin is not anything crazy it's very similar to the last over-the-counter insole I showed you so if I show you this one and this one they look pretty much the same here I like to put a hole in the shell further for the heel to sit in I call it a heel hole and it gives us a lot of cushioning nothing firm underneath the heel this is the shelled meat to the arch of the patient has flex is not rock-hard but it's gonna give us a bounce the shell is determined based on the patient's weight or their needs further or thought if they need a very stiff or firm orthotic we would create a shell that's much firmer and material if someone just needs standard support nothing too crazy I give them a semi flexible shell that can move like suspension with their feet to me I like to think of orthotics as suspect to a car and the more bounce we have the metter it's gonna absorb the shock when we're standing or walking I use an athletic top cover a fabric top cover that doesn't pull too much sweat that's able to take wear and tear very similar to the dr. Scholl's foam something that's nice and soft so soft here nothing hard under the heel and we have the support made for you this custom-made orthotic in my office cost $500 all these insoles here can be purchased for under fifty sixty dollars what's the difference and over-the-counter insulin is not made for your foot this is a generic shell shape or arc shape used to make this insole if you have a very flat foot this might be too hot if you have a very high arch this might be too low it doesn't fit that arch perfectly like a custom insole would it's a little bit different so it's not made for your foot dr. Scholl's offers you an install where you step on a pad or a sensor it determines where your pressure is and then it gives you the right number for your insole that is not a true 3d scan either that is a pressure mat telling you where your pressure is so the goal of that insult is to put the padding where you're putting most of the pressure and it can kind of decide whether you have a low arch or a high arch depending where the pressure is on your foot if you have a flat foot a pressure map would show the whole thickness of your footprint if you have a very high arch more pressure on the ball of the foot and a keel and maybe that little bit of a typical foot pattern based on that pressure sand they can decide what kind of in so you need but it's still not a custom-made insole a lot of the times a good over-the-counter in so that has a little bit more support and cushioning can give you relief if we can reduce the strain on your foot on the structures the muscles the ligaments the tendons you're going to get relief it's just about finding something that works for you this has a little bit more flexibility but has a lot of comfort and padding but it does have arch support this one doesn't have as much padding but it does have more of a curve and might fit your foot better and give you more support than you need the difference with a custom-made insole in a foot specialist office is they take some sort of scan to create a mould of your foot here I actually use a 3d scanner that captures all around your foot creating an awesome image of that arch and the side of the foot this allows us to create a shelf that perfectly fits into your arch by having something that's more tailored to your foot it just means that it's gonna be a tiger fit and that person who's prescribing orthotics can kind of make it in a certain way that best fits your needs when you buy something over the counter it's a generic thing so it has some features that might be good for you but not others an overall rule for over-the-counter insoles they're relatively conservative they don't want to give you something that's too firm too hard to control if because they don't know who is buying it versus a custom-made insole that the professional is actually looking at your foot they've assessed your foot they know what your foot needs how much motion that they can give you how much they need to correct how much padding what kind of shoes you're wearing and that's really the true difference with a custom-made insole it's the prescription and the fabrication of the insole based on the mold of your foot and them seeing your foot that's going to get possibly a better result that doesn't mean that an custom-made insoles so much more superior than an over-the-counter because the truth is as long as we have something that's supporting a foot or we're reducing the unwanted motion we can get relief if you've been trying these over-the-counter devices and it's still not working for you that's the sign that you definitely need to go see someone one last thing we didn't really get into the orthotic itself whether they're good or bad I'm just gonna say one thing about orthotics orthotics just support your foot they're an external device that we put inner shoes to hold the foot up we could use this as a tool or solution but I'm starting to get into the mindset and seeing the truth that if we strengthen the muscles within our foot if we strengthen the things that our foot naturally we can get a really good result so this is something I'm building up in the future and discussing with you guys how not only using orthotics but strengthening your foot is really a good good way to give you long-term success in real imitating your foot pain or foot discomfort without the use of an external device hope you guys like this video we're still going for foot health month hope that was something different for you guys really went through all the different pops are out there for you you find out what's best for you we'll see you tomorrow Totoro outlet you


  1. I started using the dollar store ones and my right knee the next day feels like its shot. alot of pain had to compression wrap it it is still sketchy to walk I've spent years working in warehouses on my feet on concrete I don't know what happened

  2. Which is good for standing/walking for 8 hours? At the end of my shift my front/heels hurt bad ๐Ÿ˜ž

  3. Birkenstock all day, every day!!

  4. Hey Jonathan,

    I would love to get you into a pair of EvenKeel Insoles.

    Send me a direct message and we could work something out.

  5. What do you think about adidas ultra boost technology? Is it good enough to reduce foot stress?

  6. Both my son and I work on our feet all day! I have sent this video to him! Thank you so much, Jonathan! Bless you!

  7. Can you do a review on Protalus insoles?

  8. That is always my issue. I am told my arches have fallen, they are low….and using some insoles I get pain in my arch….maybe I need to get some made….I think work covers some of the cost….

  9. I'm a heavy set person with flat wide feet and fallen arches….. I'm looking for a specific kind of insole support that can push my "nub" of a fallen arch inwards so it won't look like it's squishing outwards of the shoes I wear.

  10. I'm about 100lbs over weight so the dr scholls plantar fasciitis doesn't work for me unfortunately

  11. I've found an online store that ships out a foam box to make a mold. You send it back and they make you a custom orthotic for $134 for a full length orthotic with heel stabilizer. Seems like a great deal The ones I had 20 years ago were $500.

  12. i bought the drscholl plantar fascitis today n all i can say is its a lifesaver. jus my experience i hav had this severe pain in the heel of my foot for a couple months now. i can alredy feel the pain goin away i mean its still ther but u can tell the pain is goin lol. ive tried everything epsom salt n aple cider vinegar soaks, stretching, ice, massaging, turmeric/calcium/naproxen/serrapeptase suplements/pain relievers nun worked lol. this dr scholls shit is the real deal stil cant believe it

  13. I have the second dr scholls insole he shows. It is decent. Not incredible but itโ€™s helpful.

  14. What do you think of Currex insoles? They seem great. At 50 USD they are pricier than dr Scholl's. They come in flat / medium / high arch versions. They seem better than the green feet ones. Great video, so clear and valuable.

  15. I tried Dr. Scholl's planter fasciitis. I work on my feet 8 hours a day. By the end of the day my feet hurt. I could feel where the plastic was in the insole. Not good it felt like i had been walking on the plastic edge all day. My foot was sore for days.

  16. The insoles from OBOZ works for me, i've found that the arch support from superfeet hits too far back for me.

  17. How do you strengthen your feet, toe bro?

  18. Thanks…I need this review.

  19. You didn't mention SOLE insoles. Might want to check them out.

  20. Hello new to you, I have bad feet flat footed, Plantar fasciitis ,heel spur and severe neuropathy help me out to toe Bro.

  21. 500 hundred dollars in this economy you gotta be smoking bro๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

  22. Great video! Very informative and easy to follow along. Funny too lol. Thank you Toe Bro ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. People who dislike are competing! and trolls because who the heck dislikes an idea? comparison of factory made devices. I have extremely high insoles/arches and suffer with buying comfortable shoes as well as getting support. I walk around the house 90 percent of the time barefoot. The top of the insoles/arches burn and have incredible pain as do the bones.

  24. I have really flat feet and deal with a lot of pain when walking or standing to long. I use the green insoles and they have helped me with my day to day life but I do still struggle with my feet.

  25. Sorry. Shoes

  26. I hate my work- show, so painfull for me

  27. I have calcarear spina, I reduce my body pressure, ma buttare I'm a hardwoker and my foot, to wrk, are terribile, to Much… Inflessibile, I watt to change job

  28. I put a wrong orthopedic plantar in a trush

  29. What is everyone's opinion on the Good Feet Store? Specifically their custom insoles. I just bought a pair for $320. So far, they kind of hurt my feet but I'm supposed to get used ethem.

  30. I have fallen arches, super feet are so uncomfortable and firm on my feet, like Iโ€™m standing on a brick. I tried to play basketball in them but it hurt my foot so much more . There not flexible at all, I could never imagine wearing them on a daily basis

  31. Late to the party but I use the second insoles shown and they are actually really good for work. Enough support that my back and arches don't hurt and breathable enough that my feet aren't stinky after 8 hours in leather shoes. That said I'm only about 120lbs so I don't know how well they'd work for heavier people

  32. Thank you ToeBro! This video explains everything I need to know about insoles.

  33. a good custom depends on 2 things:
    1. Who cast it and (its more than just stepping in foam or having a slipper cast made).
    2. What theory of foot bio-mechanics they use.

    Root orthotics tilt the heel and fill in the arch..they are not made to a true cast of the patients foot. They are made by a lab corrected model of the patients foot….the labs best guess….they are no worse or better than a doctor Scholl's.

    A MASS Posture orthotic is made from a cast of the patients arch at the highest tolerable arch. It is a full contact device. MASS orthotics are also weight calibrated to the patients weight, activity level and foot flexibility.

  34. I was in a lawnmower accident when I was a teenager in the 70s. So my injured foot is unique. To find an orthotic device that works has been a challenge. I have tried custom twice. The devices / foot insoles are much too hard for what I need. Recently tried the RESA custom insoles from a Costco kiosk for $140. They are very uncomfortable. A waste of money. So the best for me so far are gel inserts from a company in California called Foot Relief insoles. They are $40 and last around 2 years. They had a booth at our state fair. Website is It appears everyone is different and you just have to try different products to see what works for your condition. I am missing the entire ball on foot. So I do have a unique foot problem.

  35. when i go outside i put insole from my old reebok maded for running, comfort is really great, worth to give custom insoles

  36. Another great instructive video! You have a marvelous gift of teaching, Toe Bro! Thanks for sharing it with us!

  37. What are your thoughts on the heat moldable insoles on the market?

  38. Interesting video, thanks.
    I have plantar fasciitis and a friend (who makes high end orthotics) recommended wearing good cushioned running shoes, these have a little extra arch support, and combined with some over the counter orthotics have made walking my dog a pleasure again, but I had to try three insoles and four pairs of trainers to get it right (going to a pro may have been cheaper….

  39. Good sales guy!

  40. For me the custom made orthotic has been a nightmare.. My feet ache badly and ive worn them for 4 months. They adjusted it recently but no relief. I have arthritis in my big toes and flat feet. I may try an over the counter orthotic instead.

  41. Thanking you for making this informative video. I bought Scholl, however the width at the ball (widest part of toe, at toe joint) is smaller than my feet. I used a cheaper but thicker foam insole, and it solve most problems.

    Also I realized from people who had custom made insole from hospital, these appear to be ordinary sports shoe insole, with additional padding (eg. foam or solid material) under the ball (toe joint) area, and it works for people who had this issue.

  42. I went to a foot doctor today and he told me to buy otc insoles because I cannot cure corns that are on the inside of my little toe and next toe, my little toe likes to hide under the other toe on both sides, even though I found this video very helpful I am confused as I really don't know how this insole thing will help my toes, does anyone know??

  43. Who do you even see?

  44. I love all of your videos, yes I am a Toe Bro junkie. But this inner sole video is very informative. I do have a question though. Can you recommend an inner sole for diabetic feet? I have real bad neuropathy. What can I put in my shoe? Thank you Jonathan……

  45. all are really junk

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