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Format: 04/18/2014
Format: 04/18/2014


KDKA-TV: Machine Claims To Sense Pressure In Feet

Monday, March 8th, 2010

If you have foot pain, maybe the commercials for the Dr. Scholl's foot mapping machines have caught your attention.

At the kiosk, you take off your shoes and step on the mat. Sensors find the spots where you put the greatest pressure.

The machine then tells you which of Dr. Scholl's custom $50 orthotics would be best to put into your shoes to relieve the pressure.

Some people with severe foot pain need a more strongly corrective orthotic. They may need custom molded and they cost between $250 and $350. Insurance often covers them.

The custom-fitted ones on the store rack work just fine, as long as you have only mild foot pain, do a lot of standing and you don't have any major deformities or numbness in your feet.

"The assistance they're getting from the software is very valuable," Ted Colaizzi with Colaizzi Pedorthic Center said. "[It is] way, way better than going out, pulling a pair off a rack, and saying, 'I hope this one is the right one.'"

To try those is a good first step, but if after one or two or three months of using them and you're no better, then you need to see a professional, according to Dr. Stephen Conti of Allegheny General Hospital's Foot and Ankle Orthopedics.

For more, visit the KDKA website.

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