Choosing the Right Insole for Your Foot Ailment or Injury
Standing, walking, running or just being on your feet in general places a good amount of stress on your joints from your ankles up. Your joints work to alleviate the shock that you place on your body by absorbing some of the impact. However, your joints donít always absorb this stress adequately, which can lead to joint complications that affect your knees, hips and back.
For joint-related discomfort, we offer a variety of insoles designed to specifically target a variety of conditions. We will discuss each different type of foot ailment that can cause joint discomfort and its symptoms, then recommend an insole that is designed to help with each condition. Each insole is not only meant to alleviate pain and discomfort but also designed to improve your walking gait and foot alignment. The insole works to alleviate or prevent long-term effects associated with foot ailments.
General Foot Fatigue & Pain
The most common foot ailment is general foot fatigue and foot pain, which can be caused by a long day of standing on your feet at work, wearing shoes without proper foot support or walking for long periods of time. Those who have high arches or flat feet are more prone to foot fatigue, but general foot fatigue can happen to anyone. Youíll notice that your feet, knees and maybe even your back hurt at the end of your day.
We recommend using one of our custom orthotic insoles, which are designed to adjust to the particular shape of your feet. Adequate foot support serves as a shock absorber, and it efficiently distributes your weight so that you donít place such a strain on your feet when you walk. Our insoles provide you with the cushion you need to combat foot fatigue and avoid painful joint complications. All too often, foot fatigue is actually not the result of the strain you place on your feet but the result of wearing inadequate shoes. If not addressed properly or early on, general foot fatigue can create further complications.
Another common type of foot ailment is plantar fasciitis, which is the result of inflammation of a band of issue called the plantar fascia. This tissue connects your heel bone to your toes, and when it is inflamed, it causes acute heel pain. This condition is quite common among runners, and you are most likely to feel it in the morning when you step out of bed, after extended standing periods and after exercise but not during. Plantar fasciitis is also common among people who are overweight and can be caused by wearing the wrong shoes.
For this condition, we recommend using our prothotic sport insoles if you are an athlete, especially a runner, or our line of plantar fasciitis insoles. We have insoles that support your arch, your heels or the entire foot. Because the plantar fascia works to support the arch in your foot when you walk, individuals with high or low arches are also prone to this ailment along with many other conditions.
Low or Weak Arches, Flat Foot and Overpronation
Also called fallen arches, collapsed arches or flat feet, low arches can lead to overpronation, plantar fasciitis, post-tibial tendonitis, heel spurs, medial knee problems and bunions.
When a person has low arches, most of the stress placed on the foot tends to fall on the heels and the arches tend to roll inwards too much, creating an effect called overpronation. Pronation is the shifting of weight from the heel to the ball of the foot when walking, and overpronation is the result of an improper shift of this weight. For foot pain related to low arches, we recommend using our insoles for overpronation, which provide pressure relief and adequate arch support.
High Arches, Cavus Foot and Supination
Low or high arches are highly likely to cause foot fatigue, and high arches can be just as painful as low arches. People with high arches are affected by the opposite pronation effect, called supination, which occurs when the foot does not roll inward enough. The stress placed on the foot while walking tends to fall on the heel and the ball of the foot.
People who have high arches are prone to plantar fasciitis, heel pain syndrome, arch strain, metatarsalgia, calluses and claw toes. Therefore, we recommend using high arch insoles that provide adequate arch support, metatarsal pads to support the ball of the foot and plenty of cushion. It is paramount that the heel and forefoot are properly supported with enough cushion in order to avoid acute foot pain.
As you can see, there are many foot ailments that can occur from high arches, low arches and even details as simple as wearing the wrong shoes. Our insoles provide you with adequate foot support to alleviate stress from your joints and lessen discomfort throughout a long and busy day. Take a look at our complete selection of orthotic insoles to find the right cushion support for your feet.