Re: Post bunion surgery - orthotics
I've been using custom made orthotics for 4 years and I can't go without them. My job requires me to be on my feet for 5+ hrs a day so I needed something - my back and feet were aching after only 1 hour. I looked into Dr. Scholl's and the ones that had the arch support I need weren't wide enough for my foot. I'm in Ontario Canada and the standard fee to get them is $400. I had my left bunion removed 25 years ago and had the right one done 5 weeks ago.
The one thing that my chiropractor said to me was that it doesn't matter how much money you spend on the orthotics, you have to have good shoes. His office sells New Balance and so does my orthopedic surgeon. I picked up 2 pair for less than $100 in February so I'll be wearing those when I'm walking again. Ideally I should be wearing the orthotics when I'm in the house too but I refuse. So he told me the next best thing is a pair of Crocs. Real Crocs, not the knock-offs.
Long story short - if the over the counter orthotics are doing the job I certainly wouldn't buy custom orthotics. Get better shoes and go from there.