Does Dr. Scholl’s FootMapping Really Work?

Does Dr. Scholl’s FootMapping Really Work?
3.6 (71.34%) 67 votes

Does Dr. Scholl's FootMapping work?Dr. Scholl’s FootMapping is a kiosk that is located in stores and is supposed to tell you which parts of your feet take the most abuse and then recommend the proper inserts based on your unique make-up. This would seem like a better way than just buying a one-size-fits-all type of orthodic, but only if the machine actually works at identifying the right areas that need help. So let’s see if it really works.

People have a lot of trouble with their feet, and there are plenty of products and companies that try to alleviate the pain and pressure felt by those suffering from such conditions as bone spurs, heel pain, or just general aches in the feet. This is especially true if your job requires you to be on your feet for prolonged periods of time throughout the day. This can make even simple tasks seem like a huge burden.

The Claim
The Dr. Scholl’s FootMapping approach is attempting to give a customized insert recommendation after you stand on it for the specified time. While you stand on it, it is measuring where the weight distribution is in regards to your feet, and identifying which foot, as well as which parts of your feet, take the most abused. From there they can recommend a specific insert so that you can start providing extra support in areas that need it the most. This sort of analytic approach to correcting foot problems is not something that is new, but they are the first company that has made it available in-store, so you don’t have to visit a specialist.

The Hype
The thing about Dr. Scholl’s is that they are not shy about their products, and each one has a marketing campaign behind it so that they can build awareness about the product. The promotional ads for their custom fit line of products definitely got its share of TV time, and is still featured prominently at their official site. This goes to show that they are putting a lot of stock in this machine, and banking on it working and people recommending it to their friends.

The Cost
It doesn’t cost anything to use the Dr. Scholl’s FootMapping machine and get a diagnosis. Once you are recommended specific insert, or inserts, for your needs the actual products range in price from $30 to $50, which is more expensive than their other options. Compared to visiting an orthopedic doctors podiatrist and getting custom built orthotics, this is definitely a more economical way to go. The only question is whether or not it will provide the same sort of relief that you get from a professional, and whether it’s far and away a better choice than just buying off the rack for less.

The Commitment
It only takes a few minutes to get your recommendation, so you don’t really have to commit too much. Once you receive your evaluation and they tell you which ones you should buy, it’s simply a matter of putting them into your shoes and experiencing the difference. You have full control over which shoes you put them in, and you can make the determination whether you want to use them only for sports, or only in your work shoes, or you can put them in all of your shoes so you can have the same level of comfort no matter what you’re doing.

Dr. Scholl’s has been around for years and years now and they’ve developed a loyal following of customers. They don’t simply rest on their laurels and are constantly improving the different brands that they offer. As technology improves, they’ve come out with things like gel insoles, and also a more professional grade of insoles and inserts. The mapping technology and the custom fit products they are doing these days represents another step forward in the evolution footwear, and foot orthotics.

Compared to just finding a general, one-size-fits-all, insert, this system does a good job of recommendation of which is have, you don’t need. The technology behind the mapping software is nothing groundbreaking, but does a good job of seeing where you put the most pressure while you’re standing and also while you’re walking. It’s almost just as important that they let you know what you don’t need, because using the wrong insert will only exacerbate the problem, and potentially cause more pain.

Final Dr. Scholl’s FootMapping Review

We’re giving the Dr. Scholl’s FootMapping system a Thumbs Up review, because it does a good job of splitting the difference between going to a professional, and buying an insert off the rack without any knowledge of what you actually need. The custom fit inserts are more expensive than their traditional offerings, so there’s got to be some value added. Since most users have expressed that it does in fact do a good job of matching them up with the proper fitting, we’re confident that it’s worth the extra expenditure.

Our Recommendation
If money isn’t an object, you might want to schedule an appointment with your podiatrist and have them evaluate your feet to find out the best way to treat them. However, if you’re looking for a quicker, cheaper way to go, this is one of your better options. You don’t have to take a lot of time out of your day, it doesn’t cost anything extra to use it, and the recommendations it gives are better than just guessing and choosing something that might not work, or might make things worse.

What do you think? Do Dr. Scholl’s FootMapping work or not?


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Spooky September 21, 2012 at 8:40 pm

I’ve tried several types and brands of shoe inserts over the years with mixed results, but I never had one that seemed to really make a big difference. The reason was most likely because there’s no one size fits all solution to foot pain and obviously that’s because all our feet are shaped differently from individual to individual. This looks like an expensive approach to solving that problem, but the thing is it’ll probably work much better for you. I like the more personalized approach and I’m definitely giving it a try.


RL August 4, 2013 at 4:02 am

The Dr. Scholl’s Foot Mapping does work. My husband has been going to a foot doctor forever. They have the same kind of machine in the office. The one the doctor does cost us $200.00 and that is with our insurance. My husbands was wearing out and decided to try the Dr. Scholl’s Foot Mapping machine at Walmart and it worked just as good as the $200.00 from the doctor, but the cost was only $50.00. Try it if you have problems with your feet because it does work and it is way worth the cost.


Hock February 6, 2015 at 6:54 pm

I used the Dr. Scholl’s kiosk insoles, and I’m very happy with them. I have two pairs so I can alternate days worn. I wear them to work and rather extensive hiking. I am flatfooted and have had plantar fasciitis in the past. I recommend them as a high grade insole short of customs.


Jeff L. April 5, 2015 at 5:58 am

I used to suffer from several conditions including plantar fasciitis. The kiosk insoles were great for a while but the relief did not last long. Like the article mentioned, I actually had to end up going to a podiatrist who gave me some custom insoles. Those helped for a while but I started developing new issues with my feet. Eventually, had surgery for those issues and the plantar fasciitis. Could not be happier.


Margie September 11, 2015 at 8:20 pm

Where can I find a foot mapping machine in Halifax.


d. lee September 24, 2015 at 11:41 pm

Where can I find a machine in area code 44281


d. lee September 24, 2015 at 11:42 pm

wadsworth ohio


J winings October 4, 2015 at 8:31 pm

I’m seeing a lot of positive reviews but I seem to be experiencing more foot pain using them. Is there an adjustment period?


Linda MacDonald October 24, 2015 at 12:56 am

My husband has had foot orthotics from a podiatrist over the years and it was expensive. At that time we did have benefits but as soon as we turned 65 it was too expensive to carry it on.
We live near Hamilton, Ontario Canada ad l am trying to see if there are any of these machines anywhere in Canada . My husband really wants to try one out and then obtain orthotics through that. Can you let me now where there would be a machine that we could try.


Jessica October 27, 2015 at 6:06 am

Using the link above I believe should help you see if there’s any near you. Good luck to you and your husband!


Kim December 22, 2015 at 11:45 pm

Linda: There’s one at Factory Shoe Warehouse on Upper James.


Bill November 4, 2015 at 6:39 pm

A very important concept missing from this review is that a 2 dimensional pressure scan can not be extrapolated into a 3 dimensional product. A pressure sensor simply sees pressure, it can not tell if regions of your feet are 1mm off the sensor or 2 cm off the sensor. So it does not know your arch height or foot alignment. It also can’t tell you anything about possible reasons for your discomfort. So if you feel the need to try a non-custom device like this, save even more money and time by purchasing a regular off the shelf arch support by this company or another.
From the “Our Recommendations” section “the recommendations it gives are better than just guessing and choosing something that might not work, or might make things worse”. There is no study that actually shows that your guess is any worse than the computers. It gets your size and weight and then comes up with a product. You may find this other review interesting.


Don November 16, 2016 at 8:46 pm

Another know it all speaks. Find some no-name internet article and posts that as proof.


Joan Hicks March 13, 2016 at 2:49 pm

Are there ANY foot mapping machines in Ontario? I am in the Belleville area. Thanks


Greg O April 22, 2016 at 9:22 pm

I tried the footmapping several times within a 15 min period; results 410, 420, 320, 330, 320.

Has anyone else tried the test more than once with different results?

I know that I have high arches, but after the 2nd scan I simply got standard arch every single test.

Not going to spend 50-60 on this with sporadic results. I’ll just go to the foot doctor instead.


Nancy September 6, 2016 at 5:03 am

I got several different results as well. I have high arches and it told me I had flat or standard so I made sure I picked from the standard results. Also sometimes it picked the shortest one and sometimes the second shortest. I figure as a women without small feet I should pick the second shortest over the shortest. Still on day one but lying them so far and I’ve had custom ones made twice in the past.


Nancy September 6, 2016 at 5:04 am

liking them so far (typo above)


Tanya Murphy April 28, 2016 at 1:51 am

This machine was a joke. I have extremely high arches, and when I say extremely high I mean it. This gimmick of a machine told me I have flat feet. Lol I’ve had a podiatrist tell me I have the highest arches he’s ever seen.


Sasha January 18, 2017 at 4:03 am

Hey Tanya, I have extremely high arches as well, however i do not have benefits to cover a podiatrist right now. Do you have any recommendations of insoles that you have found to help with your foot pain?


Ann October 10, 2016 at 11:36 pm

Does the foot map machine work on light weight people of under 100 lbs? Haven’t found this condition at the website. Thanks.


Robert A. Kinzel November 19, 2016 at 6:40 am

Try this, do the test three separate times like I did. Result. three different recommendations! Enough said.


Evertaniz Muniz December 15, 2016 at 5:13 am

Where can I find a foot mapping machine in Miami, Fl near zip code 33150?


Carol Ashlock January 24, 2017 at 1:36 pm

Where can i find one of these machines? I live in southeast Oklahoma and would like to find some insoles for flat feet. Thank you


Jacque February 2, 2017 at 1:14 am

Tried the machine 3x with same reading today….start inserts tomorrow so I will get back to you…Achilles tendinitis an plantar as well….have taped an stretched in the past an it worked….so I’m gonna try them…if no luck then to the doc I go.


User 934857934875934795 February 7, 2017 at 3:38 pm

The most logical recommendation from Jacque, try it 3 times and compare the results. If you want to do overkill, try it at 2 machines.

I have been using Dr. Scholl’s inserts (based on their machine) for years, because they work great for me. I immediately felt the support and noticed that I was walking differently, most likely healthier/better. On long walks (yes, I do walk 2 miles one way to work) I do not get soreness in my legs as compared without inlets.

You have to be on the hunt for those inlets as they can be quite expensive. Right now they have a $10 off coupon on their website. So the purchase price would come down some $9.50. Yes, not $10, because you have to mail it, which will cost postage.

Note: Rite-Aid sells mine (CF430) for $40 right now, usually they are $50.


Rick T. June 3, 2017 at 6:28 pm

Doesnt work for me. Simple reasons. Doesnt know how high your arches are, and doesnt know the shape, or the arches in your shoe. In another words, there is one measurement the machine knows nothing about. Is this measurement considering that your boot/shoe is flat, or actually have an arch support in it? It’s guessing based on generalizations. For 49$. Guaranteed. And for that 49$ you get half of a sole.


Booth July 5, 2017 at 1:09 am

Kiosk for 19342


Lenora August 3, 2017 at 12:51 am

I used the same machine 2 different times and got 2 different numbers. Does one place their feet in the center of the drawn foot, or align heel with heel? Neither number helped.


Shawn Perryman August 26, 2017 at 5:03 pm

I have pretty high arches, and in the two attempts with the machine I got “standard ” and “low arch”. That said, I do touch the ground with my archs despite how tall they are. A cheap and simple height and width measurement could go a long way in eliminating outlyer error.


Ally August 27, 2017 at 2:50 pm

I had been seeing a podiatrist for 6 months for my plantar faciitis. After numerous shots, special exercises, nightly messages, soakings, night splints, expensive inserts and special shoes I was no better off than when I started seeing her. When she said the next step was $400 custom orthotics or a cast, I decided enough was enough.

Thanks to my husband’s gentle persuasion I decided to try the Dr. Scholl’s Custom Fit Orthotics. For the first time in 6 months I got relief. My plantar faciitis began improving within a week. After a month, I was as close to pain free as I believe I will ever get with plantar faciitis. I have a pair of the Dr. Scholls orthotics in my slippers and one in my sneakers. I don’t walk a step without them. They changed my life!


Tina O'Reilly September 27, 2017 at 12:06 am

where can i find this machine in st.catharines , or Pen Center or Niagara falls . Please list the shops and the areas . Thanks.


steve October 26, 2017 at 7:04 pm

my questions is… you need to remove the current insole from your shoe and replace with the Dr. Scholl insert?


Larry November 19, 2017 at 6:06 pm

I don’t …in fact I use a cushion my wife had in her shoe then put the Schools 430 on top of it. Doc said last week I have Planter Pain in the Assisitis . Soooo…he told me to order a foot splint from Amazon…my choice on the brand . Also 2 Aleve (I use generic) 2x per day. So I also bought new shoes today. I dropped in to Walmart ,Hooksett NH and re-measured my feet. Now @ 230. So does the change mean anything ? That is why I came here to read others opinions. I wear the foot splint at night watching TV. I have worn it to bed but it is a bit awkward under the sheets. All toll I think my feet ( mainly the right foot ) are improving. But like a lot of things it is not going to be any one thing that corrects the problem.


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