There are many forms of treatment available for relieving plantar fasciitis pain, with supportive insoles being one of the easiest non-surgical methods available – but even within the world of insoles, there are several factors to keep in mind when finding the right ones for you.
Know the benefits of proper insoles and what to look for when purchasing to ensure that you find the best insoles to alleviate your pain.
HOW CAN INSOLES HELP RELIEVE FOOT PAIN?
While insoles are easily available at just about any drug store, not every pair you find is created equal.
Soft insoles may be comforting for the feet, but supportive insoles with added arch support will be your best friend when it comes to alleviating plantar fasciitis pain.
TIPS FOR PURCHASING INSOLES
How can you be sure that you are purchasing the right insoles that will help to relieve the stabbing sensations of plantar fasciitis? Keep these points in mind during your search.
Choose the proper insole volume.
Insoles are available in high, medium, and low volumes. These volumes indicate how much space they take up within your shoe.
Look for insoles with arch support.
Whether you have flat feet or a defined arch, additional arch support in your insoles will help to engage and strengthen the muscles of your arches as you walk.
This support provides stability to the heel as well as distributing the pressure evenly across the foot to help offload stress.
- Low-volume insoles take up the least amount of shoe space. They are ideal for those with low arches and for use with cycling shoes.
Medium-volume insoles are your middle-ground option. These fit well in your everyday casual and athletic shoes.
Both those with high arches and those with low arches can find relief with this volume of insole.
- High-volume insoles are great options for those with high arches and are most often added into hiking boots and running shoes.
Try your insoles both in and out of your shoes.
When deciding which insole is the right choice for you, make sure to test them both in and out of the shoe you plan on inserting them into.
Outside of the shoe, gauge your comfort, balance, and overall feel of the insole.
This will allow you to identify the level of support they impart as well as any areas of the foot that may still experience pressure.
Then, test your insoles inside of your shoe of choice. This is the best way to ensure that you are choosing the correct size and insole volume to work within your shoes.
INSOLE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR PLANTAR FASCIITIS
Now that you know what to look for when choosing the right insoles for you, here are just a few of our top recommendations:
Dr. Scholl’s is an affordable, easily obtainable option for supportive, comfortable insoles. However, these plantar fasciitis insoles are only available in a men’s and women’s option rather than in a range of sizes.
These flexible insoles feature a cushioned, supportive, and stable sole with several size options available. The material wicks away moisture, repels odor, and is shock-absorbing which makes these insoles especially great for runners.
The Vivesole insoles are made of lightweight foam and fit easily into your everyday boots and athletic shoes. These insoles are podiatrist-designed and provide support, added comfort, and relief from foot, leg, and back pain.
These insoles are the most expensive recommendation on our list, but they certainly live up to their cost. The Protalus M100 insoles are made of high-quality materials that absorb shock, relieve pain and pressure on the feet, and help to improve balance and alignment.
Insoles are wonderful additions to closed-toed shoes, but you don’t have to say goodbye to your flip flops! For relief as you walk, give The Healing Sole a try. Our patented flip flops are designed by an orthopedic surgeon to target the sources of your foot pain – no insole required.