The term “shoe insoles” refers to arch supports, inserts and orthotics that are placed into the shoe to correct a person’s walk while providing pain relief too. When you purchase a pair of shoes, they normally come with a pair of insoles. However, often the normal insoles won’t be good enough for a person’s feet. As a result, every step can start to fatigue the foot muscles, which can lead to foot pain, collapseof the foot arch and other foot care problems.
Simply by replacing the current insoles in a pair of shoes, you can bypass the foot fatigue that leads to new problems. Shoe insoles that contain extra cushioning, arch supports, metatarsal supports and heel cups have made a big difference in the lives of patients who frequent the podiatrist’s office and seek help for foot issues.
Athlete’s seek additional foot support to assist with the extreme stresses put on one’s foot. Whether a cushioned insole or orthotic arch support, shoe insoles assist with providing the proper foot position to assist with one’s stride and alignment from your foot to lower back.
Doctors often recommend shoe insoles for diabetic patients and those with arthritis in the foot. Diabetics often
suffer from a condition called peripheral neuropathy where they don’t feel their toes, and shoe insoles for them give them lots of toe wiggle room.
Even if you don’t have any problems with your feet, there are other reasons to consider getting shoe insoles for the shoes in your closet. First of all, your feet will have an easier time supporting you when some of the compressive forces are taken off your feet with every step you take. This translates to getting to the end of your day without tired feet.
Secondly, by customizing the shoe insoles to your unique foot, you can prevent a lot of foot problems that can occur overtime especially when pushing the extremes in sports, weight, flat feet, high arches, or other foot care conditions. Let alone that there are wool insoles for warmth or cool, skiing and hockey insoles, and inserts for high heels too.
To select a pair of shoe insoles, you must know your shoe size and the type of arch you have in your foot. There are basically three types of arches – flat foot (no arch to low arch), normal arch, and high arch. Then remember to always select the higher shoe size if you’re a half size. For example, when purchasing shoe insoles, if your foot is 8-1/2, always select the higher shoe size of size 9.