Some of the most common foot issues people deal with are linked to having high arches. They can cause excess amounts of weight to be placed on the ball and heel of the foot, resulting in foot pain while walking, running or simply standing. While high arches can develop at any age, they’re most commonly inherited at birth. If these issues persist and are not properly addressed, calluses on the ball, heel and toes or even imbalance and instability can occur. For potential pain relief, consider over-the-counter insoles. They’re designed to help relieve excess pressure on sensitive areas of the ball and heel of the foot and can also distribute body weight evenly across the foot, cushioning the impact of walking and running. Here, FN has curated a selection of insoles designed to help people with high arches.
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1. Superfeet Green Insoles
These feature a deep heel cup and firm, high-density foam for optimal support. Unlike softer insoles, they won’t compress over time.
Pros: They’re lined with an organic material to eliminate odor-causing bacteria. They work best with shoes with high volume including sneakers and boots, but can be trimmed to fit a range of shoes styles. Plus, they’re easy to slide in and out between shoes and should offer support up to 12 months or 500 miles, whichever comes first.
Cons: Requires a break-in period of up to several weeks in order to mold to your individual foot shape.
2. Sof Sole Men's Performance Insoles
These are made to deliver similar comfort and support as higher priced custom insoles. What’s more, they’ll help keep odors away.
Pros: A deep heel cup with a gel insert offers enhanced cushioning and alignment during rigorous activities, while a moisture-wicking top lining prevents feet from getting too sweaty. Microban is also embedded in the foam to inhibit the growth of foot odor.
Cons: They require a break-in period by wearing them for short periods of running and walking.
3. Powerstep Full Length Orthotics
These insoles feature a firm, yet flexible support shell and deep heel cup that cradles the foot for optimal comfort.
Pros: A polyester top coating helps keep feet dry and prevent friction and heat for long days on your feet. Overall, the insoles are lightweight and can be worn everyday in a wide range of shoe styles. They’re available in a range of sizes to fit most feet.
Cons: They may require slight trimming to fit exact shape of the shoe.