Posted on 15th May 2017 @ 1:46 PM
Whether standing or walking, most of us spend well over half of our life "on our feet". This is fine, because an active life keeps us fit. However, considering that on average, a human being walks three times around the earth during a lifespan, the strain on our feet is enormous. This is why many people, particularly working people who need to be on their feet a lot, as well as those who enjoy active hiking, walking or jogging in their leisure time, often suffer from tired or even painful feet. For many people this has become the "normal condition", but it doesn't have to be like this.
You may have heard of insoles in the past, or may have even worn a pair, but what are they for? Insoles can range from basic foot care and comfort to more medically necessary support. They can help you with ailments that can affect your feet or your posture. Mostly they are there to soothe our tired and aching feet from feeling worn, especially against the everyday stress that we are exposed to everyday. Lack of sufficient cushioning and support can lead to your feet feeling tired, so the better support could lead to better feeling feet. Since there are so many different kinds of insoles available, learn more about the benefits here, and experience it for yourself.
The Benefits of Comfortable Insoles
Insoles aren’t only for medical conditions; there are a number of benefits of wearing them in your shoes:
Comfort – It could be that you spend a lot of time standing up, running around as a waiter or waitress, or standing as a shop assistant, and in this case you may want some extra comfort for your feet. Insoles can add an extra soft layer between you and the ground that supports your feet during daily tasks. They also help absorb shock, good for tired joints. This is often the main reason people purchase insoles, as their support can help keep your feet active and provide additional cushioning, especially in shoes that feel uncomfortable. Create a comfort zone in your shoes for your feet!
Odor resistant/washable – Depending on the type of insole you look to purchase, the added benefit of one might be their odor resistance. If you wear shoes in a warm environment, sweat build-up can leave a residual scent. Deodorized or removable insoles can help clear the air in your shoe.
Different types of insoles - each with their own different time of use:
Sports: Sports insoles work by supporting your feet during very active parts of your life. Insoles while you run will give better foot support, but can also lessen the shocks you may feel when running on hard surfaces. They’re athlete tested, and can be used in all kinds of athletic footwear.
Work: Work insoles are designed for absolute comfort, and superior cushioning especially for people with professions with long hours standing on their feet. If you’re on your feet all day they help spread the weight that normally stays on the balls of your feet. They can be slipped into work boots, trainers or everyday shoes.
Every day: For thin, discreet everyday needs, as well as a busy and active lifestyle, insoles can just add that extra layer of comfort, cushioning your feet from everyday use. Designed for flats, casual or work shoes, they can keep your feet comfortable all day.
For those who suffer from excess pronation, or other kinds of medical issues, foot orthotics can help correct issues. If you still experience heel pain, or any foot pain, then it’s recommended that you see a doctor or podiatrist. They will be able diagnose, as well as find the cause, for your foot pain.