Running is one of the most strenuous athletic activities to the foot and skeletal system. Whether you are a walker, jogger, or long-distance runner, the stress and strain that is put on the foot system can be magnified without the proper foot support. One would think that a good running shoe would be built to provide this support; unfortunately, this is not always the case. A good quality shoe insole can provide the orthotic arch support and cushioning to properly align our foot to not only avoid but treat running related injuries too.
Studies show that @25% of the population have a natural running stride were the foot properly pronates to absorb the shock. For the remainder 75% of the population, the over/under pronation of the foot turns to much (or not enough) as the heel (of the foot) hits the ground -an orthotic shoe insert can help adjust the imbalances and angles. These running insoles are somewhat known as a ‘cure-all’ for assisting in the treatment & prevention of lower body running related injuries such as, Achilles tendonitis, ankle sprains, blisters, heel spurs, knee/hip issues, leg-length discrepancies, plantar faciitis, pulled hamstrings, shin splints, and even stress fractures.
There tends to be two trains of thought as to the type of shoe insoles a runner likes to wear: a cushioned insole or a stability-type orthotic insert. Traditionally, the cushioned shoe insole is known as a flexible type insert that has alot of cushion but offers minimal solid orthotic arch support. Typically the cushioned shoe insoles are larger in size requiring a switch to a thinner sock and/or going up a size in running shoes. The stabilized foot-bed system tends to have a solid support heel cup & arch support with minimal cushion in comparison. From an outward appearance it is less flexible and may appear to provide minimal pain relief; however, the stabilized insole (arch insoles) maybe just the answer as it is orthotically built to provide the proper arch & heel support were minimal cushioning is needed as a result.