I thought it was worth popping in today to share a quick update about my orthotics. Or rather, a quick story about why these orthotics were clearly NOT meant to be.
Here is a rundown of some background info about them. Feel free to skip to the end if you have been following along this whole time.
End of March
Found a podiatrist, called to make an appointment, and was able to get in within the same week. Saw podiatrist and was diagnosed with posterior tibial tendonitis (what I thought all along). He taped my foot and had me come back a week later. I didn’t notice much of a change from the tape, but agreed to give orthotics a try. With my insurance, they would only cost about $50. I was told they would take about 2-3 weeks. My podiatrist scanned my foot right there in the office and sent the information off to the lab.
Waited for orthotics to be ready. Called every week in May, and didn’t get any answers. Finally got a call in mid June that they were ready. Made an appointment, which was canceled at the last minute due to the doctor going home sick that day.
Finally went in to pick up orthotics. Tried them on and they felt ok. I was told to make a follow-up appointment for 4 weeks out and cancel if they were feeling good.
End of June-Early July
Started wearing orthotics. Once I started running more than 2 miles in them, I got a really bad blister. Like the worst I ever experienced. Despite my best efforts I could not go on wearing the orthotics like that.
Went back to podiatrist and was told the orthotics could be adjusted so my shoes would not longer hit my heel in the same place. Expected turnaround time was 2 weeks (which I had to laugh at inside my head.)
Fast forward to this week.
I got a call that they were ready and that if I didn’t want to see the doctor again I could just pick them up and not have to pay a co-pay. When I went to the office they were kind of busy so I literally just picked them up and left, figuring I would deal with them when I started running again.
I got home, and took them out of the bag to find that they were not fully put back together.
For a minute I just stared in shock, like is this really happening? I put them away and decided I will deal with it when I get back from Charleston. Part of me wants to just throw them out and never walk into that office again. Another part of me wants to get my money back. I’m just worried if I go back they will insist on fixing them (or be unable to give me a refund because they were “custom” made).
So please tell me I’m not crazy, these can’t be how they are supposed to look, right?? The first time I got them they looked like such better quality. Now one of them just looks like a high-heeled shoe.
Anyway, I’m thinking I will just give up on the idea of orthotics after all this. I questioned it all along so maybe I just needed to listed to my gut instinct.
What would you do if you were me?!
Do these look completely messed up to you?
Do you think I should give up on orthotics all together?