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AUTHOR: Marc Mitnick DPM

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the best orthotic available without a prescription...


Helps Eliminate Many Types of Foot Pain in a Safe, Cost Effective Way! (see conditions below)

In the world of "foot supports" there typically exists two types of supports. One of these is arch supports that you purchase in drug stores, supermarkets, magazine ads and on the internet. The vast majority of these items are no better or more supportive than the innersole that comes with a pair of sneakers. They are basically a one size fits all in terms of attempting to be all things to all foot conditions.

That left prescription orthotics which are custom made to the patient’s foot structure, usually through a plaster of paris impression of the individuals feet, which is then sent to an orthotic lab which fabricates the orthotics according to the doctor’s instructions. click here to see how my lab makes a prescription orthotic. As you can readily see, there is a lot of science that goes into making prescription orthotics.


Depending on the patients problem a prescription orthotic may be constructed out of any number of different materials and thickness. Orthotics can be built to be worn in every shoe from a work boot to a women’s high heel shoe. Many different types of padding can be built into a prescription orthotic in an effort to further control the particular problem and alleviate pain. Prescription orthotics are built (posted) in such a manner to re-balance the foot relative to the ground.

The major problem here is cost which for many individuals can be prohibitively expensive (anywhere from $300.00 to over $600.00) unless they are covered under insurance. Unfortunately in the managed care times we live in, less and less insurance companies are covering prescription orthotics.

KLM orthotics
KLM orthotics

Fortunately, there is now a third option.

Recently KLM labs, a nationally recognized orthotics lab came out with their own "medical grade over the counter" orthotic. The beauty of this device is that the KLM FULL LENGTH ORTHOTIC is made of the same material that prescription orthotics are made of. They are medical grade orthotics. The "poly grade" shell (1) allows for optimum support without the bulkiness of store bought arch supports which means it will fit in a greater variety of shoes. Most devices sold in stores attempt to cushion the problem away, but as any foot specialist will tell you, it is the support afforded by the "poly grade" shell that puts the foot in a more proper alignment which allows for better foot function and alleviation of pain.

Additionally, the KLM ORTHOTIC has other characteristics of a prescription orthotic that separates it from arch supports found in drug stores including intrinsic (internal) posting which further balances the foot, (to reduce pronation), a medial wedge (2) which helps take the pressure of the orthotic off the bottom of the foot and automatically adjusts itself to the arch height of a particular foot. In other words the medial wedge bends upward on the inside portion of the shoe so that people with high arched feet will feel support which is usually a problem in non-prescription orthotics. This medial wedge also works with the "poly grade" shell to better support the foot. You will not find this in most pre-made orthotics.

The orthotic also exhibits what is known as a deep heel seat (3) which helps stabilize the heel from the point the heel hits the ground until the foot lifts off the ground which keeps the foot in a better aligned position and helps absorb shock.

Lastly, this orthotic, (4) has a great cushioned top cover. The beauty of this top cover is that it does truly cushion the foot without being so thick as to make the orthotic impossible to wear in shoes. This means the orthotic will fit into a greater variety of conservative shoes.

KLM also recognizes that not all people weigh the same. A 250 pound person demands a different type of orthotic than a 110 pound person. This very important issue is never discussed in arch supports sold in stores, magazine and the internet. If an arch support helps the 250 pound person then chances are it will be too hard for the 110 pound person. The reverse is also true; if an arch support helps the 110 pound person then it will be too soft for the 250 pound person.

When we make prescription orthotics, next to the actual diagnosis, the patient’s weight is the next most critical issue. So if circumstances are such that you need supports and prescription orthotics are not in your budget, at least make sure the particular brand you buy gives you a choice of support based on body weight. If you purchase a support that only comes in one density, keep your fingers crossed and hope that density happens to coincide with your body weight.

The next critical issue is the height of a person’s arch. Arch height varies from individual to individual, so the question you should ask in any off the shelf orthotic is, will this device actually support my arch and thereby do some good? The answer is that the top cover of the KLM ORTHOTIC has what is known as a medial protrusion. This portion of the device bends upward in the arch area and will adjust according to the height of the arch. This means there will be a great deal of bend in a high arched foot (to support the arch) and will have very little bend in a low arched foot.

Based on KLM’s System Rx technology (US Patent No. 5,746,9625), KLM ORTHOTIC

By visiting this site hopefully you have found answers to your foot, ankle and lower leg pain. If the solution to your problem involves the use of an orthotic than I would certainly recommend you try the KLM ORTHOTIC.

Like all doctors who treat foot and ankle problems, I am constantly bombarded by every company that offers off the shelf, medical grade, pre-made orthotics. I have yet to find a better pre-made orthotic than the KLM ORTHOTIC, for the simple reason that this orthotic has the capacity to relieve the majority of foot pain in the broadest range of individuals in terms of the various types of foot structures and body weight that a person may present with.

Listed below are some of the conditions that a KLM ORTHOTIC may be used for:

Plantar fasciitis, heel spurs

Shin splints

Ankle instability

Arthritic conditions of the foot and ankle


Diabetic foot protection

Running injuries including runner’s knee

Forefoot pain such as metatarsalgia

Adult biomechanical abnormalities

Flat feet

Midtarsal fault


Tarsal tunnel

tired feet and legs syndrome-do you do a lot of walking and find that your feet and legs become tired, usually sooner than anyone else that you happen to be with?

Do you also find that when you stand for long periods of time, your back begins to hurt?

The major cause, (but not the only cause) of this condition is due to overuse of your leg muscles from excess motion in your feet. This orthotic may be very helpful in alleviating these conditions.

Probably the best thing about orthotics is the fact they are a very safe and effective way to treat many foot and leg problems; there is no medication, no side effects and in my practice they are the treatment of choice for many of the conditions I see. They work by attempting to "re-balance" the foot and more evenly distribute body weight in such a way to alleviate pain. Of course, oral anti-inflammatory medication, cortisone shots, physical therapy and surgery are also part of my treatment regimen, but I have found in many instances orthotics either eliminate or reduce the amount of medication that I have to administer and certainly over the years has eliminated the need for surgery in many individuals. It is a win-win situation for my patients.


1. If your shoe size is a half size order the orthotic size at the next smallest size, because if you order it to the next larger size it may not fit length-wise in all your shoes.

2. If you suffer from Morton’s neuroma, capsulitis, metatarsalgia or sesamoiditis, I would recommend (actually insist) you order the orthotics with a metatarsal pad that we will add to both orthotics. This is a very important component in an orthotic for those who suffer from these particular problems. (there is a $10.00 charge for the pair)

3. in all fairness, if you have extremely rigid flat feet this type of orthotic will probably not help (you are a candidate for prescription orthotics)

7. The KLM ORTHOTIC will fit in all athletic shoes, boots and most casual shoes. The only exception would be high style dress shoes.

GREAT NEWS!! I am now able to offer a great orthotic for those individuals who must wear dress shoes on a daily basis. CLICK HERE for more information

The price for the KLM ORTHOTIC is $47.00, plus S+H, closer in cost to store bought arch supports but closer in quality to a prescription orthotic.

Additionally, I am offering a 60 day no questions asked return policy (one pair limit). Why 60 days? Simple, many foot problems take time to heal and although some foot conditions will dramatically improve as soon as you start wearing a good orthotic, other foot problems may take longer. The time period is predicated on a number of factors not limited to the problem alone, but also things like daily activity, work requirements, shoe selection and body weight. So, if after 60 days your foot pain is no better than before you tried the KLM ORTHOTIC, simply return the orthotics to me (they MUST be returned) and we will refund your money, shipping charges not included. So, what have you got to lose, besides your foot pain? effective are these orthotics? We started selling them in 2008 with our money back guarantee, and to this point, the return rate is less than 4 percent. That speaks wonders about the effectiveness of these orthotics.

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….after reviewing your amazing site (great for the avg. jill). So thank you very much!!!


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Thanks again so much for the information in the article. Very interesting.


Great article. I have had plantar fasciitis since I was in high school……..

J. Simmons

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Dear Dr. Mitnick, The orthotics arrived four days ago and I slipped them into my shoes immediately. I was skeptical as to the usefulness of the item, they really didn't look very exotic. I have to say though, after using them for just four days, I have experienced grand relief from my foot pain. Even the very first day, I was able to do a lot of work while on my feet with at least a 75% reduction of pain. It has only gotten better every day, and I go nowhere without my shoes with the orthotics. I had been experiencing extreme heel and sole pain for about six months and had to take extended breaks off my feet many times a day as well as regular doses of Ibuprofen. Since getting the orthotics, my life has returned to normal and I feel good again. Just wanted to say thanks for the recommendation for a very effective item, I had no idea what a change this item could affect.

Yours truly,

J.C. Forbes

Thanks for the Response, you hit it on the head.


Redondo Beach, CA
Thank you for your time and expertise in answering my question…..


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First, thanks for putting together this website. Its the most informative site I have found dealing with foot problems. Last June I started having pain and swelling at …….


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Madison, Alabama
Thanks for replying so quickly. I was a bit concerned. I think your website is great, and chock full of info.....


Denison, TX
Dr. Marc, Thank you so much for your reply which seemed to be right on. I have researched many sites but you put me on the right path to the possible answer. My foot pain may not rule the rest of my life after all! I believe I'll make a sign that reads, "THE END IS NEAR!" Thanks Very Much,


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Just a wee word of thanks for your wonderful website...It is a terrific service...Thank you for providing your knowledge and help...With highest regards, m ebeling

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Tampa, Florida 33624

Thanks for a most interesting website, which has helped a lot.



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I thank you for putting together this incredible website.


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....I have been told that it is not hard enough to be cut off. Please help, I am not sure what to do now! THANKS FOR A WONDERFUL AND VERY HELPFUL SITE!


South Africa

You have an unusually clear, informative and well-written website for laypersons. Thank you for that.

Matthew W.

Mansfield Ctr, CT

First, I'd like to thank you for all the information that you provide on your website and the opportunity to write to you.


Placentia, California

First, I want to let you know that you have the best web site I've found related to foot issues. (The only thing I had difficulty finding was the "ask a question" page.)


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I received the orthotics Monday afternoon and began wearing them Tuesday. After two days I would say that I have noticed a huge improvement in the discomfort I have been experiencing. My foot feels better than it has in months.

Ric J.

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I greatly admire someone like you who would donate and dedicate so much time and effort to helping strangers with no compensation. Truly, it is uncommonly kind. And your site is so intelligently arranged.

Ron R.

Pacific Grove, CA

I used to work for a podiatrist (front desk) back during summers in college years ago, so I know the benefits of good care. Again, I want to thank you for an EXCELLENT website. It was so great to get to your site (top of google search) and actually find all the answers I needed EASILY and QUICKLY! Clearly you put a ton of work into it and I really appreciate it.

All the best,


Alameda, California

By the way, millions of websites could use yours as a guideline on how to organize information and make the site user-friendly. Kudos to you!


Thank you for your very interesting and informative site!


Hi. I come to your site often looking for information. It is really informative and I appreciate it very much. I have RA and have been having considerable amount of foot pain...... Dee RN

Thanks very much for the wonderful informative site.


New Zealand

Thank You for my answer! I have been schedule for a bone density scan, allingment, and I am in the process of getting orthotics made, and checking out the natural remedies. Thank again! What a great web site!



Yes I want both pair of orthotics. You don't have an option of ordering 2 at one time so I had to place the order twice. Thanks. My husband likes these and wants to put them in all of his shoes. (referring to Superstep orthotics)

Cindy H.

I searched the internet everywhere for a clear description and illustration of my symptoms/problem. was where I ended my search with answers. If I lived in Jersey (left 30 years ago) and didn't live in Florida I would definetly make an appointment with Dr. Mitnick.

Thanks, Kathy

1st of all THANKS A LOT for your great site......


Thank you so much for your response. I will let you know how I am doing if you would like. Your website is awesome!


South Carolina
Hello! I want to thank you for such an informative website! I found you based on my ankle pain search and am happy to realize that there may be a relatively simple cause and solution....


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Arlington, VA

Thank you so very much, that would be much appreciated. I love those insoles, by the way. (referring to Superstep orthotics)

Kelly W.

San Clemente, CA

Dr Marc is fantastic...He seems to know exactly what you are feeling with the problems you are having. I wish he was in my home town so I could go to him with my problems!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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I have been experiencing foot pain of various sorts and am working to figure out what it is. I found this site and can only say BRAVO!! What an excellent site! The time it must have taken to put all this together must've been a daunting task! I am sure it has helped so many people. Thank you so very much for doing this.


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Dr. Mitnick, Thank you so much for your reply. I did let my physician know and they took an x-ray - all is well! Also, thank you for providing this wonderful site, it is very helpful with lots of useful information! I appreciate your gift of time! God bless.


Dr. Mitnick, Thank you, you were 100% correct. The pain finally brought me to the ER. I spent 8 days in the hospital. The Doppler you spoke of was able to show that there was no pulse in that foot. This was an arterial clot that split and traveled throughout my leg. My leg was almost amputated. I am in rough shape but have all my parts intact!! You certainly know what you are talking about. Thank you for taking the time to answer. Yours Truly!


Staying at home after hallux surgery I spend quite a lot of time seaching info useful for avoiding problems which might come back. Today I found your site and I am .... delighted it happened. It's one of the best site I found last days.



Thanks for taking time to read and answer so many questions. It is truly a public service!


Seattle, WA

I just wanted to say that I am very greatful for this website!!


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Also, and importantly, just want to praise this web site. Thorough and thoughtfully presented, it certainly must be of considerable assistance to anyone with a foot problem. Terrific -- and very interesting.I trust the address comes up easily for those seeking information.


New Jersey

Thanks so much for answering my question. You've been more help to me than my own Dr. has been lately. Thanks again....I hope to be able to walk without pain someday.


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Wow, that is exactly the information needed!!! thank you thank you thank you!!! I appreciate this help so very much from Marc Mitnick DPM. Excellent information and help to improve One's life.


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Thanks so much for this website Dr. Marc! It is so nice that you have this ask the doctor feature..I'm sure I'ts been helpful for alot of people. I will try what you suggested and see if it helps...thanks again!


Evansville, IA

Dear Marc

I just want to say thank you for the quick response and the good info. I find it amazing and a super nice thing that you do here by answering medical questions at no charge.

Russ W.

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Your website is full of a lot of helpful information, and I am very impressed with the time in which you responded to my post. Thank you again for your time and consideration in your response.


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San Diego, CA

Dr. Mitnick, Just want to say thank you so very much for your quick response and very informative reply! After reading what you had to say, I called the doctor's office and was able to get in and see him the same day as my injury. Toe was x-rayed and luckily, it is not broken or fractured. Very badly bruised and will probably lose the toe nail. And although my toe and toe nail are still very black and blue and very sore, they ARE both starting to feel a little better. So again, thank you! I am so very happy that I came across your website. The service you provide is outstanding and immeasurable!


Albany, NY

Thank you so much for all of your advice. In searching the web for people dealing with this same issue i can tell you that you are a Knight In shining Armor! If I lived in Jersey I would gladly be your Spokesperson. Hopefully next time you hear from me it will be good news. God Bless,

Jill S.

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Whichita, KS

thanks again, this site is very helpful.


Boston, MA

Like others have stated...This site is amazing and I am so thankful that it was created.

....Keep up what your doing. Your a life saver.



Thanks again for the information provided on your site. It's easy for non-medical folk to understand your writing, and helps provide better communication between patient and doctor.



Wonderful advice

by: Anonymous

This is the best site for foot problem info.

Thank you for this information. This description fits my pain and inflammation behind my 2nd toe perfectly.

by: Max

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Again, I really appreciate that you responded to my inquiry, and that your mention of Parkinson's helped me to find my way to a diagnosis of this difficult to diagnose disease. Most patients see on average 16 doctors before they are diagnosed. I hope that you can help other people that ask for your expertise in the future.

Barb D.

I just wanted to say that I am very greatful for this website!! I have had a fusion in my rt foot and am finally getting a little bit better......


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Again, Thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking the time to answer my question....your an angel!


Thank you for your response. You have provided some great insight (to my question)....


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Thank-you so very much for responding so quickly and in such detail to my question!! I will give my surgeon a call today!! This website is terrific!!!! Thank-you again!


North Carolina
Many Thanks Dr Marc!
Thank you for your response. It sounds like a good plan to me. He did not cut the wart out first ...


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Thanks again doc for having this website and we STILL need qualified Podiatrists in beautiful sunny Tampa Bay (Bradenton) Florida.

Bessie Mae

Dear Dr. Mitnick, Thank you so very much for taking your time to answer my question. You have greatly relieved my anxiety related to the continual tingly I feel in my feet. I will share your response with my podiatrist next week. God bless you for having this question and answer page on your website! Most gratefully,

Lynne T.

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Your webpage is excellent, I commend you on sharing your knowledge to the public.


New Jersey

Thank you. you were more detailed than what others have told me they finally called from the last xrays and my son is now in a cast for 2 weeks he did have a fracture that was not noticeable.

a mom

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I have read your website and I have to admit that I am amazed at all the information that is on here. I have learned more than the three years I have been going to several doctors that I have seen!!


Lenoir, NC

Thank you so much Doc for a quick and thorough response!


Bellevue, WA

I cannot thank you enough for your response, opinion, and suggestions! I want you to know how much it means to me, and I'm sure everyone else who has ever asked you a question! I feel like you're a lifesaver and have empowered me to take a stronger role and stand up for myself and my feet!


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