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A round up of the best insoles for flat feet and high arches

Are you sick of having tired aching feet after a long day on your feet? If you have flat feet or high arches then you are a lot more prone to foot pain and injuries. This is because having flat feet and high arches can cause your feet to over pronate when you walk. Pronation is a key part of the gait cycle and is used to adapt your feet to the changing surface of the ground, absorb shock and help to shift weight to your toes before the push off phase of the gait cycle. Over pronation occurs when your foot rolls inwards too much when whilst supination is when your foot rolls outwards too much during the gait cycle. Both over pronation and supination can lead to excessive strain on key parts of your foot and can even cause other problems to arise in other parts of your legs, hips and lower back.

In this article we will be looking at a range of different insoles that you can buy that will help to stop your feet from hurting.

Insoles come in a range of different types and function in different ways, understanding the different types of insoles will help you decide which pair is best for you.

Orthotic insoles
Orthotic insoles are usually prescribed by podiatrists to patients who have suffered an injury to their feet, however anyone can wear these sorts of insoles to help protect their feet from getting inured in the first place. Orthotic insoles use arch support and orthotic compression technology to support your feet in the most natural position. They are also designed to help correct muscles and functional imbalances which may causes excessive strain on your feet and lower limbs such as over pronation and supination during the gait cycle. Orthotic insoles can very massively in price with off the shelf insoles costing anywhere between £10-£30, and custom made orthotic which have been made to the exact shape of your feet costing anywhere upwards of £100. There is little evidence however that wearing custom made insoles is more beneficial that wearing off the shelf insoles. Some foot specialists believe that wearing custom insoles maybe worse for your feet as they can over support your feet and weaken the muscles and ligaments in your feet.

Foot reviver orthotic insoles are one of the best orthotic insoles that you can buy. Not only are they inexpensive but they do an excellent job at supporting your feet. These insoles work with the natural function of your feet to eliminate pronation problems that can cause injury. They come equipped with strong and rigid arch support to help take strain off your arch and prevent foot ache and pain. With an inbuilt metatarsal pads these insoles will also support and protect the ball of your foot and prevent all of foot pain, Morton’s neuroma and bunions!

Running and sport insoles
Overtime shock and pressure on your feet can damage ligaments in your feet and lower limbs and cause overuse injuries such as plantar fasciitis. Running and sports insoles are designed to help protect your feet from shock and pressure that can occur when running or playing sports. These types of insoles and generally designed to be lightweight and durable, they may also have breathable holes added to them and coated with an odour eater to combat against bacteria build up to help your feet stay feeling fresh when playing sports. Running and sport insoles will usually wear out pretty fast, so it is important to replace your insoles every 3 months to make sure that your feet are kept supported and protected.

If you are thinking about buying a pair of running insoles then we would differently recommend you check out this pair of running insoles by Shoewawa. These insoles have great shock absorption to help protect not only your feet but also your lower legs, knees and hips from shock damage, no matter if you are running on grass or on a hard surface such as pavement. These insoles come equipped with a super soft memory foam top layer that actively adapt to the changing shape and movement of your feet when you run, this ensures that your feet are supported and protected in the best possible way. Not only that they have motion control technology added to them to help make sure that when you run you are running safely and efficiently.

Arch support and plantar fasciitis insoles
These insoles are mainly used to help treat those with plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is an over use injury that is caused when the plantar fascia ligament found in your foot becomes inflamed. Plantar fasciitis insoles have rigid arch support that helps to take strain off your arches and prevent biomechanical imbalances such as excessive pronation that can cause damage to your plantar fascia. These types of insoles will often be worn by people with flat feet or high arches this is because those with flat feet or high arches are more prone to straining and damaging the arches of their feet and developing plantar fasciitis.

If you are looking for a good pair of insoles to treat your plantar fasciitis or you just want to stop yourself from getting this painful foot condition then we recommend buying pair of these Nuovahealth arch support insoles. The arch support that these insoles provide is just second to none. These insoles are super light weight and can be cut to size meaning you can fit them inside just about any type of shoe quickly and easily.
The orthotic technology in these insoles will help to realign your feet preventing over pronation and supination as well as other biomechanical imbalances helping to prevent injury to your feet, shins, knees, hips and lower back.
Not only will these insoles support your arch with the added heel cup technology these insoles will also support your heel and Achilles tendon. A tight Achilles tendon can cause your plantar fascia to also become tighter than normal making you more prone to getting plantar fasciitis. That is why these insoles not only support your arch but also with the added heel cup these insoles also help to support and prevent tightness in your Achilles tendon as well. Whant to find out more about plantar fasciits and how to treat it? Then check out this post!

Heel cushions and heel cups
These type of shoe insoles only cover the length of your heel. These insoles cup around your heel giving your heel added support and help to stabilize your heel and stop it from twisting or moving in a away that could damage your foot or ankle. They also cushion your heel and prevent shock from damaging your heel as well stopping the build up of damaging pressure underneath your heel by spreading this pressure evenly and safely across your foot.

If you are on a tight budget but are wanting something that will stop your heels from hurting then we recommend you check out this pair of heel cups from shoewawa. These heel cups are super lightweight and are made to fit into just about any type of shoes. They will support your heel in a natural and comfortable position preventing heel pain. These heel cups are also perfect for treating ankle instability and Achilles tendinitis.

 

 

Gel insoles
Gel insoles are usually made form silicone gel making them excellent at absorbing shock when you walk or run. Gel insoles will also adapt the exact shape and contours of your feet providing you with a custom level of protection. A good pair of gel insoles will relive pressure all over your feet and can be worn inside any type of shoes, making them perfect if you are an athlete or simply someone who find themselves always on their feet.

If you are thinking of buying a pair of gel insoles then the best the ones that we found were a pair of these from shoewawa. These gel insoles are designed to treat and prevent a whole host of different foot conditions and injuries including plantar fasciitis, Mortons neuroma, metatarsalgia, Achilles tendinitis, shine splints and knee pain. The shock absorption on these insoles is just super and means you can run on the hardest surfaces in the world without your feet hurting. The honeycomb designed gel will also help to massage your feet and stop pressure from building up underneath your feet making them perfect if you are on your feet for long periods at a time.These insoles also come with a full 30 day money back guarantee meaning if you aren’t entirely happy with them you can send them back and get a full refund..so you have nothing to loose and everything to gain when buying these.

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