You may be a fan of outdoor activities and enjoy being engaged in activities which keep you on your feet for long periods of time. But due to some physical conditions there may be pain caused which hinders your ability to stay lead the active lifestyle you desire. There may be various reasons causing discomfort but there are many insoles which provide relief to such painful conditions and sometime provide therapeutic benefits. There are various types of shoe inserts which range from arch support insoles to heel inserts but choosing the right support is key to getting the relief you need.
Types Of Shoe Insoles
Firstly, there are comfort insoles which have shock-absorbing properties designed to provide relief when standing or walking on hard surfaces for prolonged periods of time. The sizes range from full length, ¾ length, or separate arch or heel inserts. Most basic types of discomfort generally find relief with this variety but if the pain still persists it would be ideal to consider support type insoles. They are made of harder material and are designed to provide structural support and more stability. Support insoles are recommended for conditions such as structural misalignment, plantar fasciitis, and supination or over-pronation.
Another type of insert is that for those suffering from low or collapsed arches. These individuals generally require arch support insoles. In some occasions a supportive insole would also be helpful. This works by stimulating the foot arch muscles to become active. By stabilizing the heel area it distributes pressure across the foot without allowing it to be concentrated at the foot arch. This is an alternative method used when direct arch support adds more discomfort by inhibiting normal flexing movements of the foot.
Caring For Your Shoe Inserts
The following steps are recommended to ensure you shoe inserts are properly maintained and avoid any unwanted side effects from occurring.
- The normal lifespan of insoles are about 12 month following daily or regular use. It is important to follow the prescribed use time by manufacturers. If you use them rarely or alternating with other pairs this duration may increase.
- Remove shoe inserts regularly from shoes and dry them out if you experience sweaty or wet feet.
- Washing insoles with mild detergents and air drying completely before use is also recommended for hygienic purposes.
- Inspect your insoles on a regular basis for signs of wear and tear and replace accordingly.