Pine Valley Orthotics Review

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Pine Valley Orthotics provide a more structured, cushioned surface for your foot.  Keeps your feet and body energetic and pain-free.

Introduction

I’ve been very lucky to have gotten through nearly 37 years on Earth without any major injuries.  Most days I wake up feeling pretty good, but I’m still susceptible to the pain and soreness that comes from an active lifestyle.  I tried the Pine Valley Orthotics to see if they could allow me to play harder without suffering any consequences.

Ease of Use

Some orthotics are a real headache, but Pine Valley Orthotics makes it simple.  Order the size you need, remove any insoles or supports from your shoes, and slide in the Pine Valley Orthotics.  That’s it.

Their recommendation is that you ease into wearing them: two hours the first day, four hours the second, until you work up to a full day of wear.  The reason for this slow transition is that the muscles in your feet may need time to adapt to the orthotic inserts.

Effectiveness

When I first slipped on the Pine Valley Orthotic Inserts, I noticed immediately that they had more structure than other inserts I’ve tried.  Many inserts are just there for cushioning; the ones from Pine Valley actually have arch support and a contoured heel to hold your foot in a specific position.  For me, the structure felt very natural and comfortable.  If it feels unusual to you, that adjustment period I described may be more important for you.

I found the “Energy Return System” to be subtle but noticeable.  Pine Valley Orthotics describes it as a “spring-like effect” that pushes back when you step down.  What I noticed was that I could walk a full round and my feet and legs still felt energetic rather than being worn out.

Pine Valley Orthotics also claim to be effective in treating issues such as Plantar Fasciitis, flat feet, neuropathy, neuromas, and back pain.  I am – fortunately – unable to judge those claims as I’m not afflicted by those issues at this time.  The one thing I can speak to is a recurring “crunchiness” in my right knee which never seemed to be an issue after a day of wearing these inserts.

Conclusion

Compared to custom orthotics, Pine Valley Orthotic Inserts are a very affordable $99 per pair, and they come with a 30 day money back guarantee.  Whether you suffer from chronic pain or are simply looking to have more spring in your step after you walk a round, these are definitely worth a try.

Matt Saternus
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7 Comments

  1. Brad Barker

    Thanks for this article. I can say with experience that the Pine Valley Orthotics work for me. I started with the prior version and they worked well. The new version you reviewed is a huge improvement. I have had plantar fasciitis and moderate foot pain and these work! I wear them primarily in athletic shoes walking 15-20 miles weekly and in my golf shoes every time I play. Fantastic product !!

  2. Thanks for this review, Matt. I have a pair of “TRUEs” coming to me with the zero-drop structure — my first experience with that type of shoe. Not sure how that will work for me as I have some slight Achilles heel pain and swelling. I will keep these orthotics in mind.

  3. Martin Grovdahl

    I have delt with plantar facisitis and sciatic nerve pain. I have tried all kinds of shoe inserts to help relieve these issues while providing support to the arch of my foot in golf shoes that have little or no support for the arch. What ever company or product you choose, if you choose a full insert, get new shoes that are at least 1/2 size larger or your toes will feel cramped in the shoe. I have tried the 3/4 arch supports, that is better, does not put pressure on the toes. I now have switched to an arch support that is elastic and has a metatarsal support sewn into the elastic band. I slide them over my sock and they greatly support my arch. Hope this helps.

  4. Brian Parkinson

    Curious about your knee issue and what these are meant to treat for knees specifically. Would it help an IT Band?

    • Matt Saternus

      Brian,

      I can’t speak for Pine Valley as to what knee issues they claim to be effective for. For me, I don’t have any official diagnosis, my knee just feels crunchy some days. Thankfully it’s infrequent enough that I’ve never felt the need to investigate.

      Best,

      Matt

  5. John Marshall

    Because of a severely pronated left foot I hav struggled with foot pain for most of my life. I have had numerous pairs of custom orthotics in the past that basically accomplished nothing other that lightening my wallet. I decided to try one more time and finally hit the jackpot. Stu created a custom pair and in the process carved a small notch to take the pressure off the navicular bone. The bottom line is that I’m pain free for basically the first time in my life. I am very happy and very grateful and would recommend this company to anyone.

  6. Charles Twidwell

    I was suffering with foot pain and could find no relief. Called Stu and he explained to me the pain was from Morton’s Neuroma.
    I purchased a pair of Pine Valley orthotics and the Adidas golf shoes he suggested and the pain is gone. I love the comfort and stability of the orthotics. Would recommend calling Stu for help.

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