Use the filters on the left of the page to narrow your choice. Arch support insoles are orthotic type insoles which provide support for the arch or people with flat feet. They help control rolling in or over pronation. The SOLE range of insoles provide the most arch support but the Sorbothane Pro and Double Strike insoles provide moderate support with shock absorbing comfort. A flat insole is ideal for reducing shock and impact on the body where arch support is not required. Flat insoles fit easily into shoes usually with the existing insole. Sorbothane fullstrike and Noene 2mm insoles are examples.
Insoles which have a pre-moulded arch support are designed for people with a mild to moderate low arch or overpronation problem. They should be used as a replacement to the shoes original insole. Flat feet and overpronation can be the cause of many injuries including plantar fasciitis, achilles tendinitis as well as back and knee pain. Most of these insoles also provide good shock absorption.
Advantages - easy to use, inexpensive.
Disadvantages - not specific to an individuals foot shape and biomechanics.
Examples - Sorbothane double strike; D3D Performance red insoles.
Heat moldable insoles
These insoles can be warmed in an oven for a few minutes and will then mold to the shape of an individuals foot. These are excellent when the arch looks normal but it flattens or overpronates when walking or running. They also contain shock absorbing material.
Advantages - specific to each individual, much less expensive than custom made orthotics.
Disadvantages - have to be molded before first use, not so good for people with a permanent flat arch.
Examples - Sole regular heat mouldable insoles; Sole ultra heat mouldable insoles; Sole slim sport heat mouldable insoles.
Insoles without arch support are usually worn for cushioning and shock absorption. People with a high arch or who oversupinate have a more naturally rigid foot and so are prone to conditions such as shin splints. Wearing shock absorbing insoles can reduce the stress through the lower limb and ease such conditions. They can also be used in thin, lightweight footwear to provide more cushioning. Some shock absorbing insoles are as thin as 2mm!
Advantages - inexpensive, can be used in all sorts of footwear,provide cushioning and shock absorbing to prevent injuries.
Disadvantages - No arch support and so are not suitable for those who overpronate.
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