If you’re looking to buy Sport insoles, also known as orthotics, foot beds, heel cups or inserts.
Ranging in styles and function, as well as price.
Whether you require a basic replacement sports insole, or a specialist heat molded device with inbuilt arch support in the instep, sport insoles can really help and come in a vast range of different shapes sizes densities.
It is recommended that you visit a qualified podiatrist or biomechanics specialist to check you gait first. Just putting specialist insoles in your trainers can do more harm than good.
First step before buying sport insoles
‘Bio-mechanics’ studies the body’s movements during walking, running and sports, and the effect of these movements on our bodies.
Go and see a podiatrist, preferably one that specializes in biomechanics. It is important to get a qualified diagnosis for any suspected foot alignment issue. one of the most common foot complaints is pronation where the foot rolls inwards. This often presents as wear on the outside edge of the heel of your shoes.
Orthotic insoles if prescribed correctly help to align the foot correctly, a 4 Degree arch support has been known to help if you have pronation.
Metatarsal cushioning gel insoles such as Spenco Ironman can help to take the pressure of the feet many sports people get relief when using insoles for running on hard surfaces or rocky terrain.
Gel insoles have good shock absorbing qualities and can relieve pain at the front and rear of the foot.
What are sports insoles good for?
Sports Insoles and heel cups can help prevent painful foot conditions such:
- Foot pain
- Heel pain
- Knee pain
- Shin splints
Many participating in exercise that are already using orthotics for their everyday shoes, don’t often realize the benefit of using Insoles. Orthotics can be used in normal sports trainers and recreational shoes by removing the existing insole.
Small adjustment using a pair of scissors can help with the fitting process.