Need a little extra comfort and support underfoot? Full-length insoles are a quick and wallet-friendly way to relieve heel-to-toe discomfort associated with foot issues like plantar fasciitis, ball-of-foot pain soreness and even fatigue. While some insoles offer cushioning, others provide firmness and enhanced arch support. There are some key issues to consider before buying an over-the-counter insole, in addition to making sure it addresses your individual therapeutic needs. Check to make sure the insoles currently in your shoes can be removed without damage to the shoe. Next, match up the current insole with a new one for thickness, otherwise, shoes will be too loose or too tight. Most importantly, while many non-prescription insoles can address a range of foot ailments, it’s best to consult a medical professional to make sure you’re selecting one that meets your individual needs.
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1. Powerstep Arch Support Insole
This versatile design includes a built-in arch that works for neutral, low and high arches. Its deep heel cup offers enhanced stability and support to help alleviate pain from a range of foot issues including mild to moderate pronation and plantar fasciitis.
Pros: Its dual-layer of cushioning provides comfort from impact during routine walking or athletic activities, while the polyester lining helps keep feet cool and prevents friction from heat that causes blisters. They shouldn’t require break-in time and the sizing is accurate, so no trimming is necessary. They also fit in a wide range of shoe styles.
Cons: For those with extreme pronation issues, the insoles may not provide ample support.
2. Physix Gear Sport Insole
This option features a low-profile design made to relieve metatarsal arch and heel pain and helping correct abnormal walking patterns. Meanwhile, a deep heel cup offers added stability and anti-microbial top fabric allows for odor and perspiration control.
Pros: Although the inserts are not heavily padded, they offer ample comfort for a range of activities and long hours of wear and are ideal for people with high arches. The product comes packaged with a pamphlet with exercise tips. They can be trimmed to fit a range of footwear styles.
Cons: The insoles may require a brief break-in period if you haven’t worn insoles in the past.
3. VIonic by Orthoheel Active Insoles
For those engaged in sports or who run often and take brisk walks, these are a great option. They feature a reinforced plastic shell for added motion control and stability, as well as a cushioned shock dot in the heel to absorb shock and reduce fatigue.
Pros: This style addresses foot issues including overpronation, ankle swelling, back pain, plantar fasciitis and pain cause by flat feet. The durable arch support will not break down after prolonged wear. To help eliminate odor, they feature an EcoFresh top cover.
Cons: The insoles may initially have a distracting squeaking sound.