Insoles are new supports in shoes recommended by physiotherapists as a means of reducing heel and foot pains. It also helps prevent a variety of problems as we age such as poor posture, shin and back pain and malalignment in the foot region. In addition, it is built to fit perfectly to our feet, thus providing the best comfort and efficiency to motion activities – walking and running. Below are some defects in which wearing insoles can avoid;
- Over Pronation: This is a process whereby the arch of your foot is lowered or collapsed. In an over pronating foot, the arch flattens causing instability or malalignment. Insoles are designed to raise the arch, realign your foot and also redistribute pressure on your foot. Insoles also act as a shock absorber to your foot, hence reducing the strain on the ankles, knees and lower back.
- Arch Pain: This pain is caused by excessive stretching of the plantar fascia – a broad band fibrous tissue located along the surface of the foot. Typical symptoms of this kind of pain include inflammation or burning sensation at the arch of the foot. Over stretching of the plantar fascia may lead to severe pain in the arch after a prolonged period of rest e.g. when you wake up in the morning. The importance of insoles is that they control over-pronation that leads to arch pains.
- Achilles Tendonitis: This majorly affects an athlete’s tendon. In this case, you will feel tenderness along your tendons. Getting the right insole fit while working out or performing sporting activities helps in stabilizing foot motion, prevents rubbing, blisters and fatigue, providing arch support and finally, reduces foot, heel, knee and back pains. From the perspective of an athlete, the use of insoles gives them the comfort in shoes to bring out the best while undergoing sporting activities.
- Provide Posture and Balance: Modern insoles are built as a biomechanical support for the body. They allow the foot to move easily and healthy in its motion angles, thus lowering the risk of fatigue and injury. Insoles provide the firm foundation to hold your body in place so that the sensation of comfort is permanent while wearing the footwear. By wearing the right insole, the foundation of your skeletal system is supported, thereby minimizing the risk of spinal distortion.
- Provide an Efficient Motion: Without an insole, it is more likely that your feet will collapse more heavily, causing a less efficient stride. Wearing insoles helps in supporting and stabilizing your feet, decreasing the stress on your feet, ankles and knees. This greatly reduces the risk of foot pain, fatigue and injury.
- Helps Eliminate Foot Odour: Recently, more and more people have begun to use insoles for other non-anthropometric benefits such as prevention of stinky shoes and feet. Some insoles are treated with antimicrobial protection – used for advanced bacterial protection and odour control. The good news is that these insoles are washable with mild soap and warm water. It is ideal for people with sweaty feet. This new technology improves the durability of your footwear whilst providing support to your feet and body.
There is no doubt that the invention of insoles has provided more benefits to our body posture and balance. It has also helped alleviate pains that may come as a result of motion activities. Using an insole should definitely be worth the try. Though, it is important that you get the right size that fits you properly. This will enable you get the optimal benefit of an insole rather than it resulting in more discomfort.