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All About Insoles

When it comes to running shoes, there are lots of things to consider: size, width, cushioning, heel-to-toe drop, support for over-pronation… but did you know, shoes don’t come with arch support? Even supportive shoes only have the technology to stop your ankles from rolling in, rather than supporting the arches themselves.

See for yourself. Get your trainers and take out the insole that’s already in there. It’s called a sockliner; it’s only there to line the shoe! You can replace that piece of foam with a sports insole to further customise your shoes.

Insoles are particularly useful for people who; have high or low arches, suffer from injuries such as plantar fasciitis or shin splints, over-pronate, supinate, or suffer from sore feet. But that’s not to say insoles aren’t useful for people who usually have no problems.

The truth is, everyone can benefit from a supportive insole. Insoles can:

  • Distribute weight through the foot more evenly
  • Reduce pressure points
  • Reduce or prevent common sports injuries
  • Reduce excessing shock
  • Prevent your arches from collapsing
  • Help align your body correctly
  • Provide extra cushioning and stability

So which type of insole is best for you?

Here at Sporting Feet, we match the insole to your feet as closely as possible. We don’t want to push the arch upwards or force it into a different position. Instead, the insole should just be there to offer support when the arch gets tired and begins to drop. Therefore, we always scan people’s feet and choose an insole based on your arch type.

At home, you probably don’t have a foot scanner to use! Instead, you can do the ‘wet foot test’ – find out more here.

Once you know your arch type, you can then choose your insole!

Vikki Charman works at Sporting Feet

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