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What are insoles used for?

Insole is a generic term for the part of the shoe that's located at the bottom of the inside of the shoe. Insoles are pieces of material that are placed inside our shoes or boots for extra comfort, warmth and a better fit. Sometimes referred to as 'foot beds' or 'inner soles', the primary purpose of insoles is to make shoes more comfortable to wear. For many people, the extra comfort that insoles give them is essential for their feet and legs’ health. Insoles can help people who are suffering from physical injuries and health concerns such as arthritic joints, bunions, back pain and shin splints.

Types of insoles:

  • Athletic insoles - Sports, especially high-impact sports such as running, can cause huge problems for the feet. Athletic Insoles are designed to help prevent injury when exercising by providing additional support and stability for the feet. A lot of Athletic Insoles focus on shock absorption to reduce the impact that running has on the feet. Athletic Insoles come in a variety of styles to best suit our needs, but the majority reduce the stress on our feet by limiting the shock from the collision with the ground.
  • Thermal insoles - Thermal Insoles can be of great benefit in keeping our feet warm and fighting pain and fatigue associated with the cold. In order to provide therapeutic warmth, thermal insoles may contain special insulating layers or simply have an extra-thick construction based on naturally-thermal materials such as wool.
  • Cushion insoles - Cushioned insoles are designed for both comfort and shock absorption. They’re often flexible instead of rigid or semi-rigid.
  • Heavy-Duty Insoles- Heavy-duty insoles are usually used by people with physically demanding jobs. The design of these insoles often includes padding to help reduce pressure and foot fatigue throughout the day. Many also feature semi-rigid support around the arches for extended standing or walking.
  • High heel insoles - High heels, while fashionable, aren’t known for being comfortable. They place the feet at an unnatural angle, putting pressure on the ball and toes. The primary purpose of these soles is for arch support. It also relieves stress, pain and fatigue when wearing high-heel shoes or sandals. Gel or foam are both ideals for high-heel insoles, as they help to absorb shock and pressure on the ball of the foot both when standing and walking.

Top brands and USPs:

  • Skudgear - This brand makes soft and rebound memory foam insoles that provide dynamic energising support and cushioning. It is made of high-density memory foam, which means better quality and longer durability. The Anatomical arch support improves foot and leg alignment, enhances comfort, and helps ease stress and pain.
  • Medlife: With Medlife Orthotic insole, get the most comfortable and pain-free leg support. Its anatomical arch is uniquely built, which helps in healing and relieving foot and heel pain. Its one-of-a-kind design adapts to all kinds of shapes of feet, be it flat, neutral or arched. It easily supports your heel upon high-impact landing.
  • Frido - Frido Dual Gel Insoles have fabric that keeps microbes at bay, making our feet sweat-free and keeping our feet fresh and comfy. The cushioning and the deep heel cup absorbs every shock & enhance our daily activities with comfort. Their Arch-support insoles provide exceptional comfort.

Frequently Asked Questions

question 1

Yes, supportive insoles may help with flat feet.

question 2

Insoles are made from varying densities of a plastic called ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA), which is a plastic that can be reinforced if necessary. The density changes depending on the amount of cushioning and support required and can be split throughout any insole.

question 3

Insoles can be made to fit into any shoe but will be designed to be worn in one pair of shoes that you wear most of the time or for a specific activity that aggravates your symptoms.

question 4

  • Yes, over the years, several brands have developed numerous insoles for those who need to wear high heels for work or spend a lot of time in them.
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