Causes Of Heel Pain
From simple physical activities, such as walking and standing, to more strenuous weight-bearing exercises, such as dancing and jogging, the feet are constantly subjected to significant stresses. Due to their strategic location and function, the heel is vulnerable to damage, injury and pain.
One of the most common causes of heel pain is overuse/ repetitive exertion with inadequately supportive shoes. In some cases, increased body weight, the shape and flexibility of the persons foot, or the activity being performed, can neutralize the benefits of an otherwise supportive shoe.
This can lead to the most common type of heel pain: Plantar Fasciitis. This type of situation is where an over the counter insole can often excel in providing support and relief.
Choosing The Right Orthotic Insole For Heel Pain
All insoles for heel pain are not created equal! There is a wide variety of materials, designs, and quality when it comes to this industry, often making the buying process frustrating. It's important to be an informed consumer.
Well-designed insoles can provide the arch with firm, yet comfortable, support. It is important to strike a balance between ‘cushiony’ and rigid. Insoles that are too rigid are unable to compress adequately during activity, failing to absorb the shock from constant impact. Due to this, rigid insoles can sometimes lead to pain in different areas of the foot, leg, or even body.
While soft and squishy insoles may feel very comfortable at first, they typically do not provide enough support and stability in the long run. Often, tension across the plantar fascia is not adequately reduced with these types of insoles.
Finding the right size matters. It is best to purchase insoles that are sold in actual shoe sizes to ensure that they serve their purpose. Insoles need to fit as closely to your shoe size and arch as possible for maximum effectiveness. Insoles manufactured in a small, medium, and large sizing scheme often provide a suboptimal fit.
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