Listen to other patients...
Below are letters about orthotic relief received by Dr. Kiper from many of his patients, or letters
received by other doctors who referred their patients to Dr. Kiper.
Dr. Kiper..thought I would check in with you. Sorry it has been so long.
I have been wearing SDOs every single day to work. I wear a pair of
Rockport walking shoes that are similar to walking shoes and my feet
feel good during the day. THe neuromas on my feet still give me
occaisonal pain..but at this time not enough to even consider surgery.
I still have soreness after standing or walking for extended periods of
time..but it seems to be better than several months ago.
I am also going to the gym 3-4 times a week and have been using the
elliptical machine for up to 35 minutes each day. This is progress..as
a few months ago I couldn't do much more than 20 minutes without my
feet killing me.
The orthotics are working so well that I cannot imagine ever going back
to another pair of orthotics. Also..it seems like it might be a good
idea to keep one pair of SDOs in my work shoes, and the other in my gym
shoes, That way they can both last longer. Being that I am only 32, I
imagine one day these will wear out. How much do you charge for a 2nd
pair of SDOs?
Hi Dr. Kiper,
I wanted to add my name to the long list of patients you have helped with
My heel pain began in 1994, and I have a cupboard full of rigid and semi
rigid orthotics. Cortizone shots were no help whatsoever. I was very
desperate when I contacted you in 2001.
You were honest from the get go by saying that a lengthy problem would
take possibly years to heal. I appreciated that you weren't offering me
a quick fix, as so many other podiatrists have done.
I have been wearing only your SDO's since then and the improvement is
ongoing. I am not completely better, but I didn't expect to be - the
point is that I am making progress for the first time.
Thank you so much for your honesty and your excellent product.
You most certainly may post my email. I have conversations with many people and so many people mention the benefit of custom othotics, but then I stop them to ask if they are silicon like mine:) I really enjoy
talking to people when I find a product that makes a difference and I have referred your website to others. I would also like to know if you had any actual business cards that you could send me (maybe just a few).
I've been continuing to have less pain, just to let you know I can work a
9 hour shift on my feet all day with either no pain at all, or just a brief
amount of pain that eventually goes away (For example if I am sitting
down for about 10 minutes, I get up and start to walk, my heels begin to
hurt, but it eventually goes away). I know when I first wake up in the morning my
heels used to hurt so much, but now the pain is still there, but it is less, and
in about 5 minutes of walking around I'm fine. Should I be e-mailing you
everyday or every week? It's basically been the same thing everyday now
for the past month.
Thank you for your time. Yes, you may use me as a reference
for your orthotic, it's the best I've ever used.
Ten years ago, I had tried all of the conventional ways of relieving my
heel pain, which was getting increasingly worse. Then I found your
website, read about your SDOs, talked to you and ended up trying the
SDOs. That first year I noticed that my heel pain was becoming less
and less intense. Finally the pain disappeared altogether. To this
day, I continue to wear your SDOs and remain pain free. It's been a
great product for me!
Gerald M. Laures
Vice President-Finance Cobra Electronics Corporation
Hi dr. Kiper,
Just wanted to tell you that the SDO's are great. My feet do not hurt
anymore since I've been wearing them. I'm not a runner but I do a lot
of walking and cycling. The daily stretching seems to be a critical
part of staying pain free as well. I've been diaganosed with runner's
knee and jumpers knee... in addition to the plantar fasciitis, and am
undergoing physiotherapy for my knee. I'm certain these orthotics are
also helping to correct these conditions. Thanks so much for
everything and your follow up as well. I've already reccomended SDO's
to several people with similar problems.
Thanks so much for helping to make me pain free.
Hi Dr. Kiper:
First, a little update. When I first contacted you about 15 months
ago, I had been in severe pain pretty much for a number of years.
I had had three surgeries, and had tried everything imaginable. I
felt that a pain clinic and heavy duty narcotics was my only hope, and
things like golf were pretty much out of the question. While I still
have chronic soreness and discomfort, particularly in the right foot, I
am definitely better. I still take vicodin before I play golf
(have to ride a cart, but before your sdo's couldn't even do that), but
that is mostly the only time I use such heavy med. I've heard both
pros and cons about exercise and stretching, but whenever I've tried
it even a little, I' m immediately so sore that I stop. So, overall,
I'm definitely better, and I thank you for that. 'course, I'd love
to be even better, but I am really thankful I found you. THANK YOU.
What I meant to ask, can you suggest anything I should do?
David T. (via e-mail)
Hi Dr. Kiper,
Your worst nightmare has just come true. Your most difficult customer
is back. Actually, I am also your most loyal customer, because
your inserts have made all the difference in my activity. Before,
I could barely walk. I now can stay on my feet all day long, and
do whatever I want, including playing golf. Anyway, that's the
good news. The bad news is that they are wearing out, and I think
I need new ones. How do I go about doing that. Looking forward
to your reply,
Your most grateful customer,
Ted D. (via e-mail)
I just called you about my orthotic. You will be receiving it
soon. I would like to get it replaced as soon as possible as it is
still under warranty. All is going well with off-season training.
I am doing Nationals again this year and the Ironman in Clermont.
Running has improved to areas I never thought I would reach. I
am very excited about what the next few years performance may bring!!!
It would not be happening if it were not for these orthotics.
It is hard to believe but it is true.
Joshua L. (via e-mail)
Thanks for folloing up. The SDOs immediately made a big difference
over the hard custom orthotics I was using--I could barely walk before.
I wear the SDOs all day everyday
Ed F. (via e-mail)
I wanted to let you know that I was able to finish my National Championship
race. Although I did poorly due to bad fitness, as I have not been
able to run for two months; I was happy to be there and to be able to finish
with out pain. It appears that things are "coming back" and possibly the
orthotics are "kickin in" once again. I will know more as the weeks progress;
but again, I wanted to express that if the problem is rectified this time
then we will know for sure that the orthotics are the variable to credit,
as they will have "fixed" the problem twice. It will also prove that my
elimination of them was the culprit for the pain coming back. I am
possitive at this point that this may very well be the scenario. Out of
all the doctors (and other health proffessionals) that I have seen and
talked to; your prescription appears to be the only one that it correct
and or making the difference. Thank you.
Joshua L (via e-mail)
Dear Dr. Kiper
I have had my orthotics for a couple of weeks and seem to be having
good luck with them. Today was the first day I used them for a three
mile walk I take my dog on. Usually by the end of the walk I have
severe metatarsalgia. Today none.
So far so good.
Carleene C. (via e-mail)
Just to let you know that I'm doing as well as I'd hoped
w/the SDO's. Have worn them 5 days now, every day all day.
Vaguely noticed mild arch fatigue on my right foot on the 4th day - otherwise
no symptoms. Love the springy energy my walking now has.
Have stopped wearing the Ace ankle brace, except when exercising.
Of course my plantar facsitis has not disappeared (yet), but I'm noticing
less soreness in the morning; and my bunions are not acting up. I'm
still holding my breath about the bunions, as past experience is that the
original mold has to be modified before I eliminate the bunion pain.
But perhaps not this time!
I am trying not to get carried away w/idealistic expectations but
I definitely like these orthotics! I have started giving friends
w/foot problems your web address, and telling them my assessment that
SDO's are to regular orthotics as contact lenses are to regular eyeglasses!
Thanks, Nancy (via e-mail)
Hi Doc, I started wearing my sdo's as full time as I can
on Jan 30. (Let me explain that). My work shoes, standard 'cause
I'm in the military, have a 1/12 inch heel, and I wasn't able to put the
orthotic due to time factors, my mistake. However, I only had
3 days of that shoe, and should be able to get a larger pair of flats as
my old flats are too small.
I am able to wear them comfortably all day long. After re-reading
the instructions, I'm ready to start running in them. Due to
my misunderstanding, I have been running without them, and have exacerbated
my plantar fascitis and have soreness on my in medial calf on same foot
(right). Between this and motrin, this should resolve....I'm hoping.
Just wanted to let you know that I received them and have kinda jinxed
myself initially, but should be back on track.
Susan (via e-mail)
The new beefier prescription is reducing the daily pain but I have not
progressed enough to be pain free during activity. I have pursued
the advice of a Cincinnati Podiatrist and am awaiting a scheduled MRI.
His initial feeling is that I may have a Fibroma. I intend to stay
with the SDO's as they are alleviating pain during normal non-exercising
activity. If there are any suggestions you have as to achieving pain
free running, I'm all ears.
Bob D. (via e-mail)
PS: Your phone calls are a heck of a value added service.
I cannot feel the lump unless I'm rolling my foot over a frozen H2O
bottle (which I've stopped doing). I can't find it by palpation.
The podiatrist I saw in September for a cortisone injection said he
felt something while inserting the needle. He wasn't certain what
it was but thought that it may be some sort of growth. I only had
one visit to that guy because post injection I felt no pain (I was leaving
the following day for a 700 mile bike trip).
I saw this new guy last week that several of my triathlon buds recommended.
I told him about the lump and he checked it out. His thoughts are
that it may be a seriously inflamed bursa or something that's calcified
or a growth of some sort. He does not seem overly concerned.
He intimated that if I continue to improve, there wouldn't be a reason
to sweat it but that I should get it checked out if recovery is slow and
he can continue to find the lump (obviously, due to my previously discussed
lack of patience, I want to get it checked out).
On a high note; I ran 30 minutes last night almost completely
Bob (via e-mail)
Thank you for your telephone call. We discussed the possibility of
a functional shortage, and I do indeed have one on the left side. I guess
this correlates with the discomfort being mostly in my right foot and knee.
SDO's have taken the pain completely away from my feet, but my right
knee continues to be sore. Should we consider a lift under one of my SDO's
Thanks again for your help.
Tom O. (via e-mail)
Dear Dr. Kiper,
This is my way of saying thank you. In the past I've had a lot of pain
in my left foot....These silicon foot pads have greatly reduced my foot
pain. You are a marvelous, reliable foot doctor, that listened to my foot
problems. My few visits with you has paid off tremendously...I thank
you for your time and patience. I will never forget you.
Dear Dr. Kiper,
It has been 5 months now that I've been wearing the Silicon Dynamic
Orthotics and doing the prescribed exercises for my feet....On a pain
scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the greatest, I was at about level 8 with
difficulty walking, painful heel, ankle, hip and back. Now, with the
inserts, the pain level is about 3.
With sincere appreciation. Thanks.
Clara C., RN, MA
Dear Dr. Kiper:
I had been in severe pain. Over the years, the pain just became worse
and worse. And on many days I could barely walk. I even dreaded getting
up in the morning because I would have to get on my feet! I was overweight
at the time and I thought that's what was causing my feet to hurt. When
you fitted me and told me that the weight didn't matter and that I would
be free of pain within a few months, I was very skeptical.
Well, I'm happy to say that I was dead wrong. You were right on. After
six weeks all the pain was gone. I still can't quite believe it. It's just
been terrific. It has made an incredible difference in my life.
Thank you for the help. It was the best money I ever spent!
Just a few words to tell you how good my feet feel now that I am using
the orthotic appliances which I obtained from you....My feet feel quite
strong and I can walk and work quite satisfactorily when I am wearing them.
In fact, I believe I have more strength.... I marvel at the flexibility
and comfort of the appliances. Other people have showed me their plastic
applicances and they don't look very flexible or comforable, compared to
the silicone....I have also been able to wear a plain black pump, with
a moderate heel, for dress, as long as I wear the lift in the heel of the
left shoe. I can wear these pumps for a few hours and remain comfortable,
as wearing the orthotic appliances the rest of the time has developed my
feet into a much better shape.
Dear Dr. Kiper
This letter is in regards to the special silicone orthodics you made
for me back in January. For years I suffered from aching feet due to the
fact that I am flat footed, but ever since you made these devices for
me that problem is just a bad memory. They have helped me tremendously.
I never expected so much relieve from the implants but I can honestly tell
you they have taken all the pain and suffering way and even helped me with
better posture. At twenty, I had trouble walking short distances, but now
I can even jog for miles. I just can't express to you how thankful I am
to you. You've been so prompt and alert with every one of my needs.
Thank you once again and best of luck in your future.
Dear Doctor Kiper,
This letter is to inform you on how well the silicon orthotics are
working. My heel spur pain is gone and I am running six miles a day without
pain. I will run the L.A. Marathon in March of 1991 thanks to you and your
Please send me another set - check is enclosed. This confirms
my phone order.
Dear Doctor Kiper,
Thanks to your orthotics I ran the L. A. Marathon. I finished the
race in 3 hours and 50 minutes -- my best time ever! I will run the
next L. A. Marathon again thanks to you!
Dear. Dr. Kiper,
Your new orthotics have been a miracle for me. Before using them my
feet hurt all the time. They had gotten so bad that the only shoes I could
wear were jogging shoes and my feet were still in pain.
As a teacher and an administrator I am on my feet and in front of
the public a lot. It bothered me that I could not dress as smartly as I
used to. Somehow, dresses do not look very good with jogging shoes.
As a wife and mother I felt bad because I couldn't do physical activities
with my family. We are a very active group and spend a lot of time hiking,
jogging, dancing, and skiing. My feet were preventing me from participating.
I tried conventional orthotics and they didn't help me. My feet still
hurt and I couldn't wear sandals, dress shoes or engage in physical activities.
In desperation I tried your orthotics and almost immediately I felt relief.
now wear dresses again because I can wear low heels and sandals. My leisure
time is filled with physical activity and I feel like a new woman.
Dear Dr. P.
This is to thank you for the excellent care you have given me over
the past two years, and to comment you and Dr. Kiper for recommending and
fitting me for my orthotics. If you will remember, I was having a lot of
trouble with painful callouses which kept developing on the area in the
middle of the ball of my foot. You were able to cut the seeds out and scrape
the callouses down, but they would inevitably return within a couple of
months....At one point you recommended that I see Dr. Kiper for orthotics,
but I was reluctant because of the expense. Finally, I decided to make
an appointment, and those orthotics have been worth every penny. I began
wearing them about a year and a half ago and haven't had a problem since
then. An added bonus is that, while I am in a job that requires me
to be on my feet most of the day conducting exercise classes, I have found
my feet don't get as tired as they did before I got the orthotics....
Dear Dr. Kiper:
I am writing to you to tell you how satisfied I am with the silicon
dynamic orthotics you made for me feet. For the past 45 years I have
been going to numerous doctors and orthopedic appliance establishments
to see if they could help give me relief from my foot problems. Since you
started working on my feet, I have had a great deal less pain and more
comfort. I am very satisfied with your workmanship and would recomment
you to any of my friends. Thank you again for your help.
Dear Dr. M.
A year ago, at the age of 48, I first visited your office complaining
that pain in my left heel had dramatically affected my life. I was used
to regular exercise, which I had terminated. Moreover, I experienced considerable
difficulty whenever I first began to walk after a period of inactivity.
I wanted to resume my active lifestyle, and move with confidence in my
role as an educator.
During that initial consulatation your prescribed heel cups, regular
stretching exercises, and some physical therapy. However, you also mentioned
that an orthotic would provide greatest relief. These orthotics, though,
were not covered by my HMO. For the next three months, I wore the heel
cups, did some exercises occasionally, and went to physical therapy. I
experienced minimal improvement.
After talking to friends at work who had worn orthotics for years, I
decided that I would give them a try despite the cost. In July of 1991,
I began wearing orthotics. My improvement was gradual over a period of
many months. Now seven months later, I walk with assurance and confidence
once again. Recently, I did not wear the orthotics one day to work,
and my mobility was noticeably impaired. The principal of my school came
up to me at lunch, and asked what was wrong with me. No one had asked me
that in months.
Dear Dr. Kiper,
I just wanted to let you know what an amazing success the insoles
that you fitted into my hiking boots turned out to be. I'll admit I
had my doubts at first. They didn't look like much.
I took off for my seven-day backpacking trip armed with the new insoles,
the "jelly" inserts and a pair of Dr. Scholls arch supports. I wore
the new insoles the first day and was astonished that my feet didn't hurt.
I wore them the rest of the trip. I didn't even get the usual blisters
I've come to expect from my boots.
So thanks a million. You really did some magic. I just wanted you to
Dear Dr. P.:
To simply thank you for your referral to Dr. Dennis Kiper for silicon
cushions would certainly not fully express what you have accomplished for
me. First and foremost, I no longer require medication for pain, I can
walk the entire day at work without severe swelling at the end of each
day, the silicone cushions allow me to choose from a greater variety of
fashions (discriminately chosen) and I sleep comfortably at night.
My only hope is that more people with my condition would know about
this wonderful product, it certainly changes ones entire lifestyle and
well being. It would be a godsend to have this product covered by my
Thank you and god bless you Dr. P. for you help.
Rose Ann P.
This card is way overdue. I would like to thank you and Dr. M.,
because of you two, I qualify to run this April in the "Boston Marathon".
This is like my Olympics. I'm also gonna do a training run at the L.
A. Marathon next weekend...My feet feel great with my orthotics. I've
had no problems and it's true I feel like I"m running on a water bed in
my running shoes, I feel no more pain. I'll be thinking of you and
Dr. M. with every step of those 26.2 miles next week -- but I'm going all
out in Boston, I feel I really got my money worth.
I hope when I'm 80 or older I'll still be running.
... I am so very pleased with these SDO's. They have been well worth the expense.
My PF has not pained me for months! Wow, and to think I was considering surgery,
when this was so easy and painless! I am very grateful for your SDO's!!! ...
I would recommend these to anyone suffering from PF!
I just wanted to write you and let you know how I'm doing. Several months ago, you
sent me an adjusted orthotic for my left foot. Since then,
my shin splints have gradually diminished and now I have no shin pain. I'm able
to run about 25 miles per week - that's twice what I used to do - pain free. I
have to admit that I was very skeptical about SDO's. I had tried many things to
alleviate my shin pain including strengthening exercises, special stretching,
over-the-counter orthotics and prescription orthotics. Nothing has worked like
the SDO's, and I'm very glad I took a chance and bought them. You have a
very satisfied patient and customer.
My foot feels better all the time, I can tell you that it's 90% better.
I still have aches, not real bad pain on days when I over do it, which is
often. But when I get out of bed in the a.m., no pain, when I sit for a
while and get up, no pain. This is all thanks to you and your SDO's.
Let me ask you a question, since I wear them every day, when do they
need to be replaced? Mine seem fine. I never see them except when I change
them from one pair of shoes to another.
Tell me what you think of my progress, and all this in less than one
year, very good ah?
Thanks again Dr. Kiper, you are a life saver.
This is in response to the second pair of orthotics I received, to see
if I needed a fuller pair. They were a little too full compared to the original
one's you had sent me. So, I'm sending them back, priority mail and keeping the
first pair I received from you...
I am happy with them and I am able to continue running on a regular
Thank you for aiding me with a terrific orthotic.
Paige W., Vista, CA (via e-mail)
I still love these...My feet are so much
better since using your design. My Left foot (Multiple Sclerosis Leg/Foot) hasn't
gone into any harsh "tone" since I started using your othosis. My spasiscity/spasms
have lessened greatly. In fact I can't remember the last time I had a spasm fit
in my legs.
My MS (multiple sclerosis) Dr. in Manhantan always said that the afo's more than likely were
irriating my nerves and that why I had so many spasms, and increased "tone". I
never had these MS symptoms till I got the AFO's. Thank you for the relief.
Looking back, I am
a whole lot better than a year ago when I first became pain free for most normal
activities. I am hoping that this progress will continue. All in all, I am
doing well and very happy to do almost everything that I want to do!!
From Richmond, VA
Since using these for the last 3 years I've not had one injury, I used to
have several training for marathons and have had stress fractures too. Not one
Associate Athletic Director (UNC)
I really should accuse you of false advertising. You said
not to expect a miracle. That was a lie because the results are nothing short of
In your last e-mail on 11/2, you told me to switch L<>R. I did that day. Don't
understand why, but they feel great. On 11/2, I still had some PF pain and
struggled thru a 2 mile run just on a treadmill. Two weeks ago, I ran 10 miles
and was disappointed when the run was over. This past Saturday, I ran 16.3 and
still felt great. I haven?t been able to run 16 miles in over 18 years because
of cramping (compartment syndrome) in my calves! At the 4 mile point, I started
to feel some of the twinges in my calves that in years past would always have
resulted in a torn gastroc and limping back home. This time I kept on running
and it worked itself out!
Do we still have any fine tuning to do or do you think I?m there?
I'm sure some of my running buddies will be contacting you because I kept saying
during the whole run, "I just love these orthotics."
I TELL EVERYONE
ABOUT YOUR ORTHOTICS AND HOW HAPPY I AM WITH YOUR PRODUCT---THEY ARE SO MUCH
BETTER THAN THOSE OLD HARD ONES THAT I HAVE HAD FOR ALL THESE YEARS. I AM A
I APPRECIATE ALL THE TIME YOU HAVE SPENT WITH ME AND I APPRECIATE THE FACT
THAT I CAN CONTACT YOU WITH ANY PROBLEMS I MAY HAVE WITH THESE ORTHOTICS. I
QUESTIONED IN MY MIND, HOW THIS WOULD WORK OUT DOING IT ON THE INTERNET BUT, IT
HAS BEEN GREAT! SOMETIMES YOU JUST DON'T KNOW WHAT MIGHT HAPPEN DOING THINGS
LIKE THIS ON THE NET AND IT HAS ENSURED ME THAT THERE ARE MORE HONEST PEOPLE
LIKE YOU THAT ONE CAN TRUST AND TRUST THE INTERNET FOR HELP.
from Eau Claire, WI
are expensive, but I was desperate and agreed to try them for a while. They were
the answer to my prayers. After about 30 days of constant wear (I mean
everywhere except the shower and to bed!), my pain dissipated so I could begin
my walking program again. I now own my second pair and am completely satisfied.
I especially appreciated the follow-up by phone and email that Dr Kiper provided
to assure satisfaction. He doesn't just sell you a nice pair of orthotics and
then leave you to your own devices (no pun intended). Since they weigh only a
few ounces each, they are extremely comfortable.
I must apologize for being such a terrible patient.
I received my orthotics and then failed to complete any of the walking tests or
get back with you at all.
The good new is, I failed to do this because I believed at the time that the
initial fit was perfect.
Three months later I now KNOW the fit was perfect and my problems have been
I no longer suffer from any of the pain or discomfort in my day to day
activities or while I am actually running.
THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!!
I would like to know what the procedure and cost would be for me to get a second
set of orthotics strictly for use during my cross-country running. I have done
some road work with the pair I have now and they are great, however I refuse to
risk the only pair I have on some of the more extreme trails I subject my shoes
to. If I am able to get a second pair of orthotics will Blue Cross and Blue
Shield cover for their portion of the fee as they did for my initial set?
I was just thinking about you today! I have actually told about 4 patients about
you in the last 2 weeks. We'll see how many of them actually call..... I was
about to contact you to say that I'm nearly "cured" of the PF, although I'm
still working on a non-surgical solution to my right bunionette
I do not want to sound like someone that just got on
(or off) the Oral Roberts show and is 'healed'... but I must report some rather
I did the 50 pace walk... concentrating on left then right. The 'feeling' under
this level of scrutiny is that I believe that the orthotics seem to cause my
feet to 'aim' straight ahead better than my old orthotics ever did.
Accordingly, it 'feels' as if that the motion of the step ... from heel strike
to toes flex has moved to an interior 'straight' line. Actual meaning
is that it feels that the ball of my foot (behind the big toe) is actually on
the same path as is indicated by the actual orientation of the entire leg and foot. Amazing sensation.
Within two days of wearing the SDO, the edema is completely dissapated.
Such pain as I feel now is merely the 'soreness' of the 'new' muscles (now
engaged in the activity of walking/flexing) at work.
I am hopeful that soon the muscle spasms/cramps that occur in my lower leg
are also events that are dissapted into a not so fond memory of the past.