Feel Better on Your Feet with Supportive Insoles
Foot comfort can never be overrated. It goes a long way in ensuring your daily travels go smoothly while you take on all your activities. An easy add-on to boost your comfort is a supplemental custom designed shoe orthotic that fits your foot type and footwear style.
Normal shoes have very little arch support or cushioning for the simple reason that everyone’s feet are different and manufacturers want a wide audience. Therefore, almost all shoes have a flat, non-supportive footbed.
Orthotic insoles correct the alignment of your foot and cushion your foot from excessive pounding as well as give good arch support.
If you haven’t tried them, the benefits of utilizing orthotics far outweigh the small expense. Overall, you will immediately feel the vast difference in comfort and support. You can do more of what you love and have less foot fatigue which ultimately leads to despair and feeling dismal.
Supportive insoles are best for the following conditions:
- Body misalignments: These can manifest not only as foot pain, but discomfort in the ankles, knees, hip, and even up to your back, neck or head.
- Plantar fasciitis: Medical professionals routinely recommend the use of a supportive insole as part of the treatment for this painful condition resulting from tears in the plantar fascia—a band of connective tissue that connects the heel to the forefoot.
- Supination or over-pronation: Support insoles moderate a tendency for the feet to either supinate (roll out) or overpronate (excessive rolling in) when walking or running.
Considerations when choosing your shoe insert
Selecting a shoe insert from the wide variety of devices on the market can be overwhelming. Here are some podiatrist-tested tips to help you find the insert that best meets your needs:
- Consider your health. Do you have diabetes? Problems with circulation? An over-the-counter insert may not be your best bet. Diabetes and poor circulation increase your risk of foot ulcers and infections, so schedule an appointment with a podiatrist. He or she can help you select a solution that won’t cause additional health problems.
- Think about the purpose. Are you planning to run a marathon, or do you just need a little arch support in your work shoes? Look for a product that fits your planned level of activity.
- Bring your shoes. For the insert to be effective, it has to fit into your shoes. So bring your sneakers, dress shoes, or work boots—whatever you plan to wear with your insert. Look for an insert that will fit the contours of your shoe.
- Try them on. If all possible, slip the insert into your shoe and try it out. Walk around a little. How does it feel? Don’t assume that feelings of pressure will go away with continued wear.
Judge when to replace your insole or orthotic by referencing the following:
- Pain – If you experience any type of pain, whether it is in the back, feet or ankles, it may be time to replace your orthotics. You should not experience pain while standing, jogging or even jumping in your orthotics.
- Use – Follow this simple rule: the more day-to-day activities, the more quickly you will need to replace your orthotics.
- Wear or Damage – Take a look at your orthotics. If you see any cracks, broken pieces or the soles have worn thin, it is time to replace them.
- Shoes – Look at the bottom of your shoes. Orthotics are meant to correct any deformities in your feet, including the alignment of your body. Checking your shoes can tell you if there are any signs of uneven wear.