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Cinderella's story might have had a different ending if her feet had been tired and aching from dancing with her prince. In that case, the fairy godmother might have whipped out a pair of non-prescribed orthotics insoles. Presto—glass slippers slip on with ease!
If Cinderella had plantar facitis or fallen arches (maybe from wearing glass slippers), orthotics would work better than a pumpkin coach. Of course, if Cindy's obese stepsister had tried orthotics, she might have ended up with the prince.
Orthotics insoles are made up of material that molds to the foot and eliminates foot pain. Whether you buy Orthotics Phase 4 or Walkfit, you don't need a prescription unless you have foot problems that require medical care. If you're a runner, however, you'll need to get your orthotics professionally fitted just because of the demands on your feet.
* You should always consult your doctor and pay attention to symptoms to make sure foot pain isn't the sign of a greater problem with your feet or your bones. You may need professional orthotics or othopedic treatment. Orthotics won't help, or even fit, if your feet are swollen—which may indicate edema and should be checked immediately.
As Cinderella discovered, luckily for her, foot care isn't a one-size-fits-all solution.