How To Choose Insoles For Your Shoes

How To Choose Insoles For Your Shoes

How to Choose Insoles for Your Shoes

It’s been said that adding insoles to your shoes is a lot like walking on a cloud. All of a sudden it can feel like the foot aches, blisters, and pressure points you’d normally feel when wearing no insoles suddenly disappear - or at the very least, drastically lessen. So how do you achieve this nirvana state? The first step is choosing the right insole, or orthotics. In the past, individuals had to go to a podiatrist or physician before they could be fitted for a pair of orthotics. These days it’s as simple as shopping online, selecting your size, and waiting for the postal service to deliver them to your door.

What are Orthotics?

Complex defines orthotics as “a device that is inserted into a shoe that lacks proper foot support. In other words, the main goal of an orthotic is to amp up the support--whether it's in the heel, arch or another part of the foot--in order to help prevent injuries such as foot and back pain” (Source).

Choose Quality

Insoles are a type of orthotics, and can be purchased by anyone wishing they had more support at the bottom of their feet. We recommend opting away from insoles made from soft materials, as these will cave in, and not offer much support to the various areas of your feet. Instead, go with ones made from plastic polymers, hard plastic, or micro-cellular materials.

Get the Right Support: Find Your Weak Point

Do you find yourself getting friction on the bottom of your heels? In such a case opt for insoles that support and cushion that area. Perhaps you are finding that the middle of your feet hurt more than the rest of the foot. In this case, you may be experiencing collapsed arches, and should opt for an orthotic that stabilizes the foot and provides ample support in the arch area - your foot may be bending unnecessarily. Or perhaps you are finding that the metatarsals of your feet are raw after a day of wearing shoes. In this case you could select a wider shoe, or go for a Metatarsal/Arch Support device that braces the weaker area. Generally, the part of the foot experiencing the most friction with the shoe should be lowered, not raised. By understanding your foot’s weak point - and listening to the pain your body tells you - you are more able to identify the parts of your feet that need the most amount of supplemental cushioning.

Is Sweat a Problem? Don’t Sweat It

If you find that your feet are sweaty (even stinky) after a day spent in lockdown, it may be time to upgrade your wardrobe with a pair of insoles that offer breathability and sweat wicking technology. We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the Powerstep Signature Leather Full Orthotic Insoles. Or opt for Cool & Dry Antimicrobial Insoles, which keeps feet cool and dry - while offering antimicrobial protection. The best advice we can give is to listen to your body. If you’re a runner, choose a sole with shock support. If you wear heels, find which muscles are getting tired out first, and pamper your pedi accordingly - that way you’ll still be comfortable while looking fierce and confident in your heels!    


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