Finding the insoles in Ireland right for you
Insoles are the perfect way to give your feet the support and structure that they need. Easy to fit, they come in a variety of lengths to suit your needs. 3/4 insoles are often best for narrow or pointed-toe shoes, as they can fit more easily into the space without rolling at the edges. If your shoe length isn’t a problem, full-length insoles are best for you.
Off the shelf insoles are a much more economical option than custom orthotics or custom foot orthoses. Even though they are not fully customised they can still help with correcting foot pain and various other foot problems such as knee pain, plantar fasciitis, heel pain, general foot ankle pain. They are much better than normal shoe inserts for supporting flat feet, and fallen arches.
Many of the best insoles will conform to the shape of your foot. Through the heat and weight of your body, they will mould to your arch and deliver the support you need. If you are flat-footed or have a high arch, insoles can help.
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Are insoles bad for you?
When used correctly, insoles can be hugely beneficial to you. However, some find that they are using them without knowing why. This can lead to the muscles in the feet becoming lazy, which results in aches and pains when not using insoles.
What is the difference between insoles and orthotics?
Insoles are inserts that slip into your shoes and provide you with comfort and support. Typically, they will adjust to the weight and heat of your body, allowing them to mould to your foot. Orthotics are often prescribed by a healthcare professional and are crafted to specifically suit your gait and arches.
Do I need insoles?
If you have a low or high arch, you may find that your shoes do not provide you with the support you need. This is why it is important to use additional supports, such as insoles. They conform to your feet, helping to raise your arch or provide your arch with the support you need.
How can I test the arches of my feet and my gait?
One of the easiest ways to check your gait at home is by the wet foot test. Place a piece of paper on the floor and wet the sole of your foot, then step onto the paper. When you remove your foot, you’ll be able to see a clear outline of your foot. If there isn’t a lot of space between the side of your foot and the arch, you have a high arch, which can be indicative of underpronation. If there is little to no arch shown, that could show overpronation.
Should I wear orthotics and insoles all the time?
If your healthcare professional has recommended you use orthotics, you may need to wear them regularly over a number of weeks in order to allow your body to adjust to them. You will need to give your body time to rest, but wearing them when walking can help, and your physiotherapist will be able to create a schedule of wear for you.
Orthotics for Shoes
Unlike inserts and insoles, orthotics are prescription medical devices that you wear in your shoes to correct specific biomechanical foot issues. They can help with foot pain caused by various medical conditions like diabetes, plantar fasciitis, bursitis, and arthritis. It's also possible that orthotics might help you avoid surgery to fix flat feet.