Saturday, March 05, 2011

Over the counter (OTC) shoe inserts fail to impress?

According to the American Podiatric Medical Association almost 90 percent of women experience pain from wearing shoes. Many seek the assistance of shoe inserts to alleviate pain. A new consumer report has investigated the efficacy of the more commonly used over the counter shoe inserts and found them wanting. The Consumer Reports ShopSmart tested 14 women wearing heels between two-and-a-half-inch and four inch heels. Randomly fitted with OTC shoe inserts each subject walked the equivalent of five and a half miles. The subjects completed a questionnaire and the results confirmed few of the inserts made the feet feel more comfortable. Almost all of the subjects thought the insoles were not worth the money. Consumer Reports ShopSmart found most women wore shoes smaller than their foot size which may account why shoe inserts offered little relief.

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