Walking or standing for a prolonged period can cause health problems that you might not be aware of while you are still young. However, as we grow old, the stress that we put on our joints can cause not only joint pains but other health issues as well.
One way to help relieve our joints is to use insoles. Insoles are basically removable pads that are placed inside one’s footwear to provide comfort and support to the person as well as stability for some patients that are diagnosed with plantar fasciitis.
When purchasing your insoles, there are 3 kinds that you will encounter – comfort, support and custom orthotics.
- Comfort type
These are basically sold in a health store, department store or box store, as one does not need a prescription or a podiatrist’s advice to get them.
These soles are made with gel or foam and are commonly called the insole that is “one size fits all”. They are also lightweight and easy to slip on. For people who have to stand for a prolonged period of time, wearing these would not only improve shock absorption but also provide comfort.
2. Support type
Arch support is the most common support type and often used in sports to provide players with flexibility and shock absorption especially for heavy sports activities.
Because I have fallen arches and require support, years ago I had to invest in several pairs of insoles to support my arches.. I added them to all my shoes and slippers, and from that time, I have no longer had to walk with pain in the arches of my feet. . I am very happy and even though they cost a lot of money at the time, they were well worth it.
I just wish I had known then that I could buy good quality insoles on line for less money. To check out the kind I used at a price less than I paid click here.
3. CustoImized insoles
When purchasing insoles, fit is important.. Try standing on one and balance yourself with the other foot. If you feel wobbly or your heels are overlapping the heel cup then you might want a different size.
Remember that it will take some getting used to and it might be difficult at first. However, once you use the insoles every day, you will notice a difference in your health. Insoles should last for years if cleaned and dried out properly.
Please tell us about your experience with insoles or ask questions, if you like.