People buy shoe insoles for different reasons. It could be because you feel pain in your foot and you want relief. You may need it just for sports like basketball, tennis or running; you might get insoles for shoe because you want to change the old ones that came with the shoes. Because of a variety of products and different shopping reasons, we have noticed that buying the perfect shoe insoles for your specific needs can be tedious, especially for first timers. We are here to let you know we are ready to help you get the best foot insoles that you need. This guide is carefully structured to rightfully direct you to get the most suitable product for you.
- 1 Consider this Key factors before purchasing new shoe insoles
- 2 Common Reasons for buying new insoles for shoes
- 3 SUMMARY OF THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF INSOLE FOOTBED.
- 4 OTHER TYPES OF FOOT INSOLES.
Consider this Key factors before purchasing new shoe insoles
When purchasing a new orthotic arch support or shoe insoles, there are some things to be considered.
People always determine the size of the insoles by the actual size of the shoe itself. For instance, “Men’s 9-11” (manufacturers use a different size).
– For the majority of full-length soles, these insoles are made to be trimmed first before use(cut to fit). It is done to use with different shoe sizes. The user is expected to cut off the excessive part from the end of the insole where fixing it into the footwear.
– For 3/4 length insole for shoes, the size of the product indicates the size in which the inserts can fit perfectly. However, 3/4 length insoles are not made to trim. If you are wearing mid-size shoes (Ex. size 9.5 when the inserts are sized “8-9” and 10-11), then you should get the bigger size.
If the shoe insoles you bought is full length, you will have to take off the original insole in your shoe before putting the new one. The majority of the full-length inserts are meant to replace your present insole entirely, the only insoles that you can wear together with the existing ones are the very thin and flat full-length insoles. A 3/4 insole can be worn together with your current insoles without any form of inconvenience. All you have to do is just to put the foot insoles on top of the one in front of the shoe before. However, if you bought an insert item, it should be placed under or on top of the original insole in the shoe, depending on the special insoles purchased (inserts come with a manual for placement).
Your Foot Arch Type:
Foot arch usually fit into one of the three types of arches that we have: 1) Neutral or Medium Arch 2) Low Arches, flat or fallen arches 3) High arches. Also, shoe insoles can fit into one or two of the foot arch types. When looking to buy Insoles, you need to know your type of feet arch(read more below), and only check for insoles that fit perfectly with your kind of foot arch. If you wear an insole that does not conform to your foot arch, it could cause you pain.
Insole Footbed Type
Orthotic arch support and insoles for shoes usually have one of the four types of footbed constructions listed:
1) Rigid orthotic arch support
2) Cushioned arch support
3) Semi-rigid orthotic arch support
4) No arch support or flat cushion.
Your reason for purchasing an insole will determine the kind of footbed to use, so when you are buying an insole, make sure you search for products that have the footbed type that conforms to your needs.
The four most popular insoles materials are Gel, Cork, Foam, and Leather. They have their advantages, and you can choose your most preferred material. Foam material insoles are good for support, pressure relief and cushioning; Gel material is useful for absorbing shock, Cork material is suitable for slight padding and support while the leather material is also suitable for cushion and “feel”(when you wear with light socks especially).
Common Reasons for buying new insoles for shoes
Discussed below are some of the main reasons we have noticed causes our customers to buy insoles, and also tips to consider to buy the most suitable insole for that reason.
PLANTAR FASCIITIS AND ARCH PAIN.
To get relief from plantar fasciitis and to ease the pain in the foot area, you will have to get an plantar fasciitis insoles and arch support insoles that gives a good cushion. The best in this situation would be a rigid or semi-rigid footbed. For people buying for the first time, we advise trying a semi-rigid orthotic arch support to get flexibility, support, and comfort. For individuals who have used orthotics before and are searching for a better arch support, we advise that you buy rigid orthotic arch support. If there is enough space in your shoes, you can place a layer of foam padding to eliminate pain or get flat shoe insoles so you can wear tight shoes.
Pronation is the inward roll of the foot when walking; it is very natural. Overpronation is when the foot rolls inwards too much when walking which causes foot pain and instability. To curb over-pronation, get a rigid or semi-rigid orthotic arch support to support the foot all the time. Orthotic arch support gives arch and heel support that corrects over pronation naturally.
People who stand on their feet for long always have foot pain. To guard against this, get a cushioned arch support insoles for standing which will give support to the feet all day and ease the pressure. In this situation, foam foot insoles help to remove pain caused by standing for too long.
METATARSALGIA AND BALL OF FOOT PAIN
People suffering from Metatarsalgia or other kinds of forefoot pain should use an insole that has a metatarsal pad and enough upper cushioning. The best type of arch support to use here is a cushioned arch support, people who want additional foot support can use rigid or semi-rigid arch support.
HALLUX RIGIDUS, HALLUX LIMITUS AND MORTON’S TOE.
To guard against pain caused by Hallux Limitus, Hallux Rigidus or Morton’s toe, you should buy a hard insole to stop your toes from flexing. The toe box of many shoes are structured to flex while walking, so you will need insoles for shoes that do not allow flexing to occur at all. Our page has a variety of products that can be worn beneath your original shoe insoles to stop your footwear from flexing.
Supination also knew as under pronation is a situation where the foot rolls outward when walking. Usually, the foot is supported to go a little bit inwards when walking(pronation). Hence, the outward rolling of the feet can cause pain. To guard against supination, use a rigid or semi-rigid orthotic arch support to keep the foot balanced and supported every time.
An orthotic support will give arch and heel support to the feet, and this will correct supination by setting the movement of the foot to natural pronation. For people buying for the first time, we advise them to buy a semi-rigid orthotic support, and for those who want firm arch support, a rigid orthotic arch support will do the job.
RUNNING, WALKING AND SHIN SPLINTS.
Athletes, dedicated walkers and people who suffer from shin splints usually need a mixture of shock absorption and flexible support shoe insoles. To get this, they should either use a cushioned arch support or a semi-rigid orthotic arch support that has full gel features giving support to the forefoot and heels. Cushioned arch support and semi-rigid arch support provides room for flexibility that enhances activeness, and the gel padding takes in impact shock to lessen the stress on the feet and knee areas.
DIABETES AND ARTHRITIS.
Diabetes and arthritis patients should use a foot insoles that will not be harsh on the feet, that helps proper blood circulation and reduces the shock usually suffered by the feet on a daily basis. You need to consider some factors in getting an insole for diabetes and arthritis patients.
HEEL SPURS AND HEEL PAIN.
If you suffer from heel spurs or any other heel pain, you need to get heel shoe insoles that have enough padding at the heel. There are varieties of products to choose from for this, from full-length insoles to 3/4 length to heel insert items.
SUMMARY OF THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF INSOLE FOOTBED.
This kind of foot insoles design with rigid or semi-rigid features. Orthotic arch support is also known as “orthotic insoles” or “arch supports“. They made to make sure your foot is constantly healthy throughout the day regardless of the kind of activities you engage. This types of shoe insoles do this by concentrating on two major parts of the foot which are the arch, and the heel.
Arch supports have an internal support that helps guard against the over fall of the arch and a heel cup to support the heel of the foot and restrict unnecessary movement of the ankle. The use of Orthotic Arch Supports help to reduce stress on the plantar fascia( the muscle that runs from the heel to forefoot along the base of your foot) which guards against plantar fasciitis and arch pain. Also, orthotic insoles for shoes assist in setting your foot to make a natural motion with each step you take, defending against supination or over pronation.
A semi-rigid orthotic insole has a flexible support plate. This is perfect for giving good support to the foot without hard arch support feeling. A rigid orthotic arch support has a solid support plate. This is suitable for those who want hard arch supports, and it is not advisable for first timers to use it.
Orthotic arch support usually needs a small period of a break before you can put them on every time. If you are new to wearing orthotic arch support, we suggest that you wear the insoles for 1-2 hours in a day in the first week of use, then up to 3-4 hours in the following week. In the beginning, orthotic insoles might not be comfortable for you, but breaking in the insoles as time goes on will help reduce the discomfort. If you still do not feel comfortable wearing arch supports after a couple of weeks, you may try another insole.
Finally, it wrong to believe that ” the softer, the better.” In some situations where the person stands on his feet all day but has no issues with his feet, it can be true. But in a case where the person suffers arch pain, it is recommended that you ease the pain with orthotic arch support. It is so because a flat or padded insole will not provide the feet with the needed arch support and the pain will continue.
CUSHIONED ARCH SUPPORTS.
These are shoe insoles that have flexible arch support. They made from cushioned padding instead of a rigid or semi-rigid support plate. Cushioned arch supports is also known as “arch cushions.” They are made to give the foot support while concentrating on providing adequate cushioning. This is useful especially in cases where proper support is needed, however, the primary purpose of the foot insoles is to ease the foot from stress. Athletes who want cushioned support prefer to use cushioned arch supports instead of orthotic arch supports, and people who stand on their feet all day with no issues with their feet benefit more from cushioned arch supports.
Cushioned arch supports the feet using an inbuilt arch support. Most of them also have a heel cup for stability purpose. In a lot of situations, the amount of support you get from a cushioned arch support is lesser than what you get from orthotic arch support. If you are experiencing over-pronation, supination or arch pain, we suggest that you use orthotic arch support. If you are experiencing foot fatigue or shin splints. Or if you find semi orthotic arch support painful. Then a cushioned arch support is the best insole for you.
FLAT CUSHIONS AND REPLACEMENT SHOE INSOLES
Flat cushioned foot insoles do not have arch support at all. They are known as “replacement insoles.” They are not structured to give support to the foot; they are just meant to underlay the base of a shoe instead of the sock liner that we have in the new footwear.
Replacement insoles are in different forms, some have cushioned top layer while some do not. They come either in leather, wool, foam, gel, cotton or any other material to suit different users. Replacement soles are usually thinner than the regular insoles.
Buyers who want to change an old sock liner or switch to another material of shoe insole, but are not looking for foot support should buy a replacement insole.
OTHER TYPES OF FOOT INSOLES.
Athletic and Sports Insoles.
The designs of athletic and sports insoles are more complicated than the others. Those Insoles are designed strictly for sporting activities and to cater for the needs of the sports person. For instance, athletes usually need right heel and forefoot cushioning and also foot support so as to ease movement. Cyclists need a hard and compact insole that will function in tight shoes. Snowboarders, skiers and other winter sports activities need an insole that aids heat retention and which will be comfortable to wear in big footwears. The hockey and ice skaters should get an insole that would fit into their skates. Search for insoles by activity.
Gel shoe insoles are well known for their excellent shock absorption features. Though gel is quite heavier compared to the other materials. People who involve in activities such as walking, running, court sports prefer to use gel insoles. The reason for this is that the gel will suck in the impact shock and reduce foot exhaustion and boost energy.
WARM AND WOOL INSOLES.
Heated Insoles are best known for their insulation features. These insoles help the regulation and maintenance of feet temperature, whether in hot or cold weather. Wool insoles keep your feet cool during hot weather. Many golf lovers like to wear wool insoles in their golf footwear. Also, during winter, wool insoles help to keep the feet warm during winter. Heated Insoles are made to keep the feet very warm. Wool insoles are heated insoles, but we can use them all year round. Also, heated insoles incorporate heated insoles that will keep the feet very warm no matter how cold the weather is.
HEAT MOLDABLE INSOLES.
Your foot will adjust to all insoles as you wear them with time. But heat moldable insoles for shoes are made to rush this process. The shoe insoles can be molded to your feet shape by heating the insoles for a while in the oven and standing on them when they get cool. Anyone who wants a personalized fit very fast should buy a heat moldable insole.
HEAVY DUTY SHOE INSOLES
For people who work at construction or industrial sites, you need an insole that can cope with your tough job. You need a heavy duty insoles.
MEMORY FOAM SHOE INSOLES.
Memory foam insole is very fluffy, and it retains your foot shape with time. It is very common for people who want a soft insole.
HIGH HEEL SHOE INSOLES.
Putting on high heels can be painful. It’s difficult to get a perfect insole for high heeled shoes. Buy thin, flat insoles for your high heels.
Kids insoles give support to a child’s foot, and they come in full orthotic and cushioned options.
ORTHOTIC SANDALS AND FOOTWEARS.
We have a wide range of shoes, slippers, sandals, and slides that have inbuilt orthotic support. This is good in situations where you do not want to wear removable insole, or you cannot use it. Orthotic shoes give your feet enough support without the stress of putting it in your shoes.