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Birkenstock Blue Footbed versus Custom-Made Orthotics

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Birkenstock is a German orthopaedic footwear company and has been manufacturing footwear since 1774.

The Birkenstock arch suppport, or more commonly known as the “Blue Footbed”, was Birkenstock’s first mass produced product. The Blue Footbed is designed in the shape of a healthy foot, contouring to fit all three arches in the rear of the foot. The current version has been tuned to perfection with the use of today’s modern computer imaging technology. The philosophy behind Birkenstock’s approach to orthopaedic’s is to support the foot as if it were healthy, knowing that since the foot is quite flexible, it will return to it’s original shape.

The Blue Footbed is made out of a flexible cork and lined with silk, one of the most environmentally sound investments in foot health. The benefits are evident with the realignment of the bones in the feet and the consequent realigning of the human skeletal system. This results in improved posture, increased blood circulation and reduction of stress on all of the structural joints, ankles, knees, hips & spine.

Custom-Made Orthotics are prescribed to a patient who has either foot pain and or other structural issues causing pain. The process involves taking an imprint of the patient’s foot, usually in a foam box, and then either casting a plaster cast or sending the imprint away to be “matched” to the appropriate orthotic. The majority of today’s custom orthotics are simply stocked on a shelf, and are not actually manufactured to specifications. There may be a greater success rate with those that are manufactured.

The philosophy of the custom-made orthotics seems to be that custom is better, therefore the price can be raised to the limits that the market will bear. Unfortunately, in my opinion, doing the custom orthotics is a mistake. If you are in pain (the reason that you would seek help) chances are that your feet are out of alignment. If they take an impression of your feet when you are ailing, they will supply you with an “orthotic” (and I use the term loosely here) that will only support you to this level of misalignment. In other words, rather than putting total support under your feet, they are providing you with a shim, to stop your foot from collapsing any further. To further add insult to injury, a large percentage of these custom orthotics are made out of a hard plastic and provide no give, so your feet have to suffer even further.

So, which is better for you? You be the judge, but in my opinion the Birkenstock Blue Footbed is by far the best solution.

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Regards,

Jacob

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Socks and Sandals Can Be Cool

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Well, we’re back.

It’s been quite a hiatus, but we’re ready to get back to blogging about foot and shoe stuff.

To ease back into the saddle we thought we’d share a video we came across while channel surfing the other day. Take a look. And smile.

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