After getting plantar fasciitis and then wasting tons of money on rubbish insoles I thought it would be a helpful to other sufferers if I listed the bets and worst insoles for treating plantar fasciitis and what pair finally worked for me.
What is plantar fasciitis?
According to Wikipedia around 80% of people suffering from heel pain is a result of plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is caused when the plantar fascia (the ligament that stretches the length of your foot and protects the arch of your foot) becomes inflamed. There are are a number of things that can cause inflammation of the plantar fascia including:
- Over use and stretching of the plantar fascia
- Persistent shock and pressure on the the arch your foot
- Incorrect gait, for example excessive pronation (your foot rolls inward) when you walk.
- Walking or standing for long periods of time
- Wearing shoes that do not fit properly or are too tight
- Biomechanical imbalances such as having flat feet or high arches that will add extra pressure to the arches of your feet.
- Having a tight Achilles tendon can cause the plantar fascia to also become tight increasing the chances of over stretching the plantar fascia.
If what is causing your plantar fasciitis is not dealt with then your plantar fascia will not be able to heal and will never go away! That is why it is so important to find a pair of insoles that help help to deal with these problems so your wakened feet can heal and the plantar fasciitis will not return.
Disclaimer: These reviews are based entirely on my own experiences with wearing insoles unlike so many other dishonest “snakeoil” articles littering the net. A lot of insoles reviews you will find on the internet have been created jam packed full of disingenuous content and full of amazon affiliate links (if you click the link and then buy something from amazon the affiliate gets a commission from the sale). These sorts of reviews are often written by internet marketers who have probably never even tried the insoles and are created with just one purpose and that is to get you to buy them regardless if they will help you or not! When I had plantar fasciitis I did a lot of research on what insoles to buy and on reflection I can see now that everything I was reading online was just lies written by scammers out to get my money!
The worst insoles to buy
Here are the insoles that I tried and which failed to help my plantar fasciitis.
Superfeet Green Insoles – a waste of money!
The first pair of insoles that I tried were “Superfeet Green Insole” which are often touted online as being one of the best off the shelf insoles you can buy. However I have found that these insoles are absolute rubbish. Firstly the support pushes your feet upwards far too much and hurts! Secondly, these insoles are extremely bulky and make your feet feel very tight in your shoes. I was only ever able to put these insoles in boots and never in my running shoes. At £31 on amazon these insoles are not cheap and at that price you would expect them to be made to a very high standard but mine were very cheaply made and wore out very quickly.
- Very expensive. £31 for a pair of cheap, badly made pieces of plastic.
- Arch support pushes your feet in unnatural and weird positions that just hurts!
- Bulky and makes our shoes feel tight
Powerstep ProTech support insoles – suck bad!
The second pair of insoles I tried after giving up on the superfeet insoles was a pair of “Powerstep ProTech support insoles”. These insoles were a little bit cheaper than the superfeet ones costing £23 plus £4 delivery on amazon! These insoles are useless and the arch support was virtually non existent as the insoles were practically flat inside my shoes… If you buy these you will just be wasting your money!
- Doesn’t do a darn thing! Wouldn’t even notice the difference between having these insoles inside my shoes and not having them in.
- Slightly cheaper than others
Dr. Scholls Massaging Gel insoles – cheap and nasty
The next pair of insoles I bought was the Dr. Scholls Massaging Gel insoles which cost £14. These insoles are absolutely diabolical! On the adverts for these insoles they say that these insoles “mold to the shape of your feet and massage them” but this is not true at all… these massaging insoles don’t support your feet, don’t absorb shock these insoles don’t do anything really apart from make your feet feel weird inside your shoes. These insoles do come with a money back guarantee if you are not happy with them however this is a scam because if you want your money back you have to send them all the way back to America costing more than the actual insoles!
- Cheaply made
- Does not support anything.
- Says will massage your feet but doesn’t!
- Money Back guarantee is a scam
- Half the price of superfeet ones
Sorbo RX Ultra Orthotics – JUST HURT!
After going through three useless pairs of insoles each as bad and as useless as each other I went on a forum and asked what other people wear for their plantar fasciitis. One of the insoles that suggested to me was a pair of “Sorbo RX Ultra Orthotics” made specifically for supporting the arch and plantar fasciitis. At £30 these insoles were not cheap but I because my plantar fasciitis was getting worse thanks to all the rubbish insoles pushing my feet in all sorts of weird positions I was desperate to try something else!
The Sorbo RX Ultra Orthotics are terrible! They are so hard on your feet and the arch support just feels as though you are constantly standing on a plug socket all the time. These insoles are advertised as being lightweight to wear however that has got to be a joke because I found these orthotics to be extremely bulky and heavy to wear! After wearing them around the house for a couple of hours I had to send them because my feet really could not take sadistic insoles!
- The support is not comfortable at all and feels as though something is digging into your arch.
- £30 is too expensive!
- Very rigid and hard means they are not comfortable to wear at all!
- Bulky and heavy to wear.
- At the very least your wallet will feel lighter.
Scholl Orthaheel insoles – made things a lot worse!
I really do not know why I even bought these Scholl Orthaheel insoles seeing as the drscholl ones were so useless! But for some reason I got my self a pair of these scholl orthaheel insoles and I really wish I hadn’t because these are just as bad if not worse than the Drscholl ones! On the amazon product description brags that these insoles “relieves pain associated with plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis and heel spurs”, so you would expect that these insoles would then help to ease your plantar fasciitis even just a tiny bit right? No! These insoles are by far the worst out of all of the ones that I have tried. My plan was to wear these insoles in my shoes for a day out at the shops but after just 30 minutes of wearing them in my shoes I found my self taking them out and throwing them in the nearest bin. My feet after wearing these insoles felt the worst they have ever been. I was in sheer agony and my feet were really inflamed and felt as though they were on fire. These insoles made my shoes feel super tight, the arch support feels as though a your are resting your foot on a hard metal ridge and these insoles gave me the worst foot cramp ever!
- Extremely bad in every way!
Nuovahealth arch support Orthotics – The pair that finally worked!
After wasting so much money on useless insoles I decided upon buying one last pair of insoles and if they didn’t work I would just give up. After wasting so much money on insoles and not having much money left I decided to go for some super cheap ones so I decided to buy some “Nuovahealth arch support insoles” for just £12! These insoles are a lot better than all of the others that I have tried. The arch support is just the right amount, the insoles are made from carbon fiber and really light weight and what is more after wearing them for 2 weeks my plantar fasciitis more or less disappeared!
- Lightweight and doesn’t make your shoes bulky like the others do.
- Helps to ease the underlining causes of PF so it doesn’t come back!
- Supports your feet properly!
- Absorbs and stops shock from causing damage to my feet and lower limbs
- Cheaper than all of the others.
- Even though these insoles have worked they may not work for everyone because it depends on your own specific needs.
*I also went to see a podiatrist as well who showed me a number of exercises and stretches for my feet that I now do every morning and that has helped a lot as well!