I have toe problems and have been seeing a podiatrist, who did some surgery and now says I need orthotics. He says the point is to help the rest of my foot work properly so my toes do better.
But I keep getting the impression that these things are more an easy sell moneymaker for podiatrists. They take plaster molds of your feet, send them off to an epoxy casting shop, bring you back and grind at them a little to make them fit, and charge many hundreds of dollars for what is probably two hours of work and ten dollars of materials. The results are going to be hard to quantify and very subjective. It’s hard to prove there couldn’t be some kind of benefit, but the big problem is my toes are paralyzed and wind up curling under each other, getting crushed and misshapen. Thinking about the mechanics of my foot’s metatarsal and tarsal bones, it’s hard to see why orthotics are going to make any difference (and half of the orthotics are going to be on the other foot which has no problem).
So, how do we know this is really a legitimate treatment for what ails me?
BTW I am going ahead with them on his recommendation, partly because I think he may give me crap if I don’t buy them but still need more toe surgery, but am still curious!