I think I should get some orthotics since I have bunions on both feet and have had some numbness in my left big toe for a while. I also have flat feet. My bunions are not usually painful, but I'm sure orthotics will help prevent them from getting worse. I went to a not-so-great podiatrist last week (just picked one), who basically told me I could do nothing, get orthotics, or have surgery to correct my bunions. He was going to charge $400 for custom made ones, which are not covered by my insurance.
I've seen some custom orthotics websites where they claim they can take impressions of your feet by sending a kit to you that you send back with impressions of your feet. They charge around $150 and up for a pair of custom orthotics. Are these custom orthotics offered through the internet less medically sound than ones taken at a doctor's office?