A good Podiatrist will often recommend insoles. He or she will first ask some basic questions about your feet, your shoes, and your lifestyle before ordering custom insoles. You can also directly buy insoles online. Adding insoles to your shoes can help feet to feel and to function better.
Which foot ailments do you have?
Many post-surgical, foot patients benefit from orthotics. Orthotics can redistribute pressure to other points within the foot, change movement, and help absorb shock. The process of creating custom orthotics is simple. An image of your foot is made with either plaster, foam, or a scanner. This image is sent to a manufacturer who makes a mold that is used to make an orthotic specific to your foot. Pre-designed, orthotic insoles are based on typical foot sizes and issues. A mold is not needed for pre-made insoles.
If you have tired, aching feet a gel insole can be helpful, since the squishy material gives lasting comfort throughout the day.
If you experience heel pain, heel cushions may greatly relieve the pain you experience in each step. If you’ve been diagnosed with a foot problem, there are often specific insoles geared for what’s ailing you. Look for orthotic insoles with high ratings and customer reviews. If your knees or lower back hurt, insoles can help to relieve the pain.
If you have diabetes you may benefit from the addition of an insole. It is important to take particular care of diabetic feet, and there are insoles designed especially for those with diabetes. This type of insole features friction-free capabilities, pressure relief and measures to keep feet dry. Consider your health when you shop for insoles.
What shoes do you wear?
With ¾ length insoles, you are usually able to convert your uncomfortable high heels into more comfortable shoes. If you experience pain on the balls of your feet, cushioned inserts are great options for added comfort.
For thong sandals and open toe sandals, consider thong sandal inserts to increase comfort. While these lightweight insoles do not have the extra coverage of full length insoles, simply due to sandal designs, the inserts may feel good.
Experiment with different insoles to find what works best for you.
What do you do?
When choosing insoles, it is important to consider your lifestyle. If you run, insoles with shock absorption are best, unless you suffer from running-related foot issues.
Cushioned insoles help nurses, doctors, teachers, flight attendants, construction workers, and other professionals who spend long hours on their feet. If you work outside, insulating insoles will help to keep your toes toasty and comfortable.
There are a variety of insoles available. Take a little time to examine your feet, your shoes and your lifestyle in order to customize your shoes to deliver the best support for your feet.