Here we go, I’m tweeking my list again…
Originally I was going to test out an anti-aging cream and write a review as a part of my list. I did try one out that I received as a sample from Sephora, but I wasn’t too impressed and I don’t want to spend a ton of money trying different products I still might not be impressed with.
That stuff is quite pricy.
So, instead of writing a negative review on something that I really didn’t use long enough to know the real results are, I decided to review something I do know about.
As you probably know by now, I have Fibromyalgia, a syndrome that creates chronic widespread body pain, along a couple dozen other symptoms. As I am just really learning about this disease and how to cope with it I am trying to find solutions to get me through my everyday that will reduce my discomfort. That being said, the last time I was picking up my prescriptions at my CVS I wandered into the foot care isle somehow and found a product by Dr. Scholl’s claiming it helps arthritis sufferers by relieving some of the pain in their knees, feet and hips.
Like all other Fibromites out there, I sure do know about all the pains in my knees, feet and hips and any type of relief would be welcome.
I decided to give them a go.
It was a bit risky because they cost $16.00 which isn’t all that much money but it is a lot of money if they ended up being worthless. There is nothing worse than wasting money, am I right? In the past though (when I worked on my feet for 10 hour shifts) I used another one of the Dr. Scholl’s inserts and they really did make the long shifts easier so I knew the product had potential.
I decided to test them out on 2 pairs of shoes on 2 different days.
The first pair were the flats I was wearing that day.
The insoles slipped right into my shoes and once my feet were in I immediately felt a difference. I wore them around the house for about an hour and was pretty satisfied with my investment.
My knees did not feel achy at all, my hips felt less achy and I didn’t notice much about my feet except that the back of the shoe was now rubbing on the back of my foot. This was uncomfortable (caused by the thickness of the pad raising my heel) and I didn’t want to get a blister so I took them off.
When I wear them in the flats again I will put a band-aid on my heel because I really do love my flats and the insert was not noticeable at all.
My second test was the winner.
I decided that I would try them out in a pair of my Chucks. I love these classic shoes, but they are completely flat and my legs get super stiff when I wear them these days so they don’t get much use.
I had to take Isaac to look for some back to school shoes and I didn’t whimp out or get grumpy from the pain once.
We did a lot of walking.
My son is extremely into style and he was determined to find the best pair of shoes he could find. It sucked for him that the shoes he really wanted were $120.
Unfortunately, I’m serious.
He had a budget and was having a very hard time finding something in his given price range. So back and forth we went; it took 6 store visits for him to finally feel satisfied with what he was getting. I got a bit tired, and rested on the benches in each store, but my pain was minimal.
It may have been because I was having a “good” day but I’m convinced it was a combination of both and maybe, just maybe the inserts were giving me the “good” day!
Once we got home, I kept my shoes on for the rest of the day and up until bedtime. Normally, I switch my shoes back and forth about 8 times a day because they get so uncomfortable or I am in so much pain.
All together I had the shoes on for close to 11 hours. Unheard of!!
These inserts are impressive and I highly recommend that you give them a try if you are suffering from Fibromyalgia or Arthritis. Wearing them to “run” errands may actually be somewhat bearable for you, as it finally was for me.
Have you tried these Dr. Scholl’s Arthritis Pain Relief Shoe Inserts, and if so, what has your experience been? Would you recommend any other products that make daily living easier and less painful?