18 October 2013

Product Review: Dr. Scholl's® Active Series® Insoles

I was diagnosed with plantar faciitis in the mid-late 1990's. Too many years of working too many hours on my feet as a nurse. Once I "retired", the daily heel pain decreased. But all these years later, I still have issues with heel pain and shin splints when I walk for exercise. So I was thrilled to have the opportunity to try the Dr. Scholl's® Active Series® Insoles!


According to the package, they reduce shock by 40%, and:
  • Help prevent pain
  • Triple zone protection
  • Designed for athletes
  • Ball of foot: padding to improve cushioning
  • Arch: reinforced to support foot
  • Heel: deep heel cup to absorb impact with every step
  • SweatMAX technology helps eliminate odor


The first thing I noticed was that they're bright pink - my favorite color! It's fate! We're destined to be together!! (Don't worry - the mens' version is blue!) And how cool is this? You remove the insoles from your current athletic shoes, lay them on the Dr. Scholl's® Active Series® Insoles, trace around the end, and trim them to fit with an ordinary pair of scissors! Then you just pop them right inside your shoes. In just a couple of minutes, you have custom-fit insoles!


But do they work?

Due to chronic back pain, I certainly don't consider myself an athlete, but I do like to try to get some exercise by walking - either outside or on the treadmill. After equipping my shoes with the Dr. Scholl's® Active Series® Insoles, I was really surprised at how much better my feet felt. They were still tired, but hey, don't judge - I'm almost 52 - my feet get tired easily. But I didn't have shin splints or heel pain!


I love how the heel is soft and cushioned, but the arch is firmer to give more support. I have high arches, so I appreciate a bit of support in that area. They definitely made my shoes more comfortable right away. Custom orthotics can run upwards of $300, and aren't covered by insurance, so these are quite a bargain at under $20. I would definitely consider repurchasing when the need arises.

You can read more about the product here (there is a $4 coupon available), and follow Dr. Scholl's® on Facebook.

(Disclaimer: I received this complimentary product from Influenster for the purpose of evaluation. I was not compensated for my review, and as always, my opinions are 100% my own.)



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