Running, walking, hiking, golf, soccer, tennis, hunting, work boots, fishing waders, factory workers, essential workers.
Footwear must absorb heavy impact loads stride after stride. A pronated foot that rolls inward adds more stress and fatigue to the body. A proper gaited orthotic insole will cushion and stabilize your body allowing the athlete to be more efficient. The end result is proper alignment of the feet, ankles, legs, and hips.
Biking, inline skating, hockey, nordic and alpine skiing, any other fixed foot sports or activities.
With fixed foot activities it is important to stabilize and support the athlete. Transfer of energy is a key component so the athlete can be as efficient as possible. For a cyclist it’s pedal power or wattage, for inline skating or hockey its wheel or blade pressure, and skiing it's all about energy transmission to the edge.
Just like the foundation of a house, your feet are the foundation of your body and work in concert with bones, muscles and tendons to support your skeletal frame. When your feet are out of whack, it not only affects the alignment of your spine, but can cause a myriad of injuries from plantar fasciitis and shin splints to overpronation and knee and ankle strain. Many people overlook the importance of foot care and suffer from chronic foot pain and other conditions. In fact, 75% of Americans will experience foot problems at one time or another in their lives. Furthermore, about 6% of U.S. population (19,860,259 million people) has foot injuries, bunions, flat feet or fallen arches each year (Foot Facts).
Insoles or custom orthotics are one of the most popular, easiest and cost-effective remedies to foot pain. Insoles have proven over the years to ease many foot problems and to be a benefit to your overall foot health. Insoles can also improve the comfort of your everyday shoes, reduce the likelihood of suffering injuries while playing sports, and prevent the agonizing pain in the ball of your foot when wearing high heels. So, if you’re not wearing some kind of insole, custom or drop-in, you’re not reaping the benefits they provide. While insoles relieve many ailments, here are five common pains they help alleviate.
While insoles don’t cure common foot problems and other injuries, they do help relieve some of the excruciating pain and distress associated with them. Insoles have a variety of uses for an array of problems, so whether you spend $300 – $500 for custom orthotics, or $50 – $150 on moldable do-it-yourself insoles, evidence proves that a small investment in insoles can provide comfort and support and pay off in the long run.
Katie Vesterstein - USA National and Nor Am competitor, University of Utah NCAA all American, NCAA National Championship Team member, Estonian National A Team, 2022 Estonian Olympic Team Member