The Importance of Hiking Insoles
- Nov 15, 2018 -

The Importance of Hiking Insoles

Question: What‘s the quickest way to ruin a hiking adventure and distract you from the beauty of the great outdoors? Answer: Pain.

Thankfully, we now have the technology to prevent said pain, which can include aching feet, shin splints, sore muscles, knees, and back pain. A good pair of orthotic insoles or inserts can make all of the difference in the world and keep you going strong through the completion of your journey.

微信图片_20181115194712.jpgIt’s pretty common knowledge that if you plan to hit the trails that you’ll need a good pair of hiking boots, but too many people stop there. Experienced hikers will also tell you to make sure that your hiking boots fit your foot well, have adequate ankle support, and a high lacing system, and of course, the hiking boot should be waterproofed. Unfortunately, the standard insoles that come with a pair of hiking boots just don’t provide enough stability. This can lead to long-term problems including fallen arches, overpronation, and plantar fasciitis. Hiking boots also tend to be a roomier shoe which is another one of the reasons why well-cushioned hiking insoles are important. You want to be able to fill up that space so that the boots fit your feet like a glove versus slipping and sliding causing blistering. By adding a proper pair of hiking insoles to your boots, you can not only keep your feet and body properly aligned for pain and injury reduction but also prolong the life of your boots by preventing uneven wear.

So what makes for a good hiking insole?

There are three primary features found in hiking insoles: heel cup, arch support, and extra cushioning. A heel cup assists in using your own natural fat pad on the bottom of your heel by holding it in place to absorb shock and weight. Arch supports assist in keeping the foot arch from over-collapsing and causing undue stress on the many small muscles and tendons on the sole of your foot. And extra cushioning is a big plus in hiking insoles for reduction of foot pain from the stress during prolonged usage, and protection from walking and landing on jagged rocks while hitting the trails. Extra cushioning is particularly important on the sole and on the balls of the feet.