Basic Introduction To Shoe Inserts

Shoe inserts come in various sizes and forms and are widely available to be purchased by anyone who feels they need some added support for their feet. Orthotic inserts are useful in bringing pain relief caused by a number of ailments such as high arches, flat feet, hammertoes, shin splints, tendonitis, diabetes and neuroma. They act providing comfort by cushioning feet and supporting arches but are not able to correct of cure these foot related ailments.

The most commonly used type of supports are arch supports. These have bumped up arches designed to provide comfort for those having low arches or flat foot conditions. They act by supporting the natural arch of the foot. There are also heel liners which are designed to target the heel area to provide more localized support. Patients who suffer from thinning of the natural fat layer of the heel mainly due to age could use this type of support.

The following are some other types of shoe inserts available in the market.

  • Foot cushions – this acts as a protective barrier to stop high abrasion occurring between your toes and heels and the inside of your shoes. This prevents the formation of corns and other painful conditions.
  • Prescription or custom made orthotics – these are specially designed to uniquely treat and fit the particular patient. This would require that a podiatrist conducts a thorough examination of feet, ankles and legs and defines the specific structural support required by the orthotic to be designed. They can be used to control abnormal motion as well as provide cushioning and support.

Selecting The Right Shoe Insert

As there is a very wide range of shoe insert options available, finding the right one to suit your need may be a bit difficult. You should take time and select the right shoe insert for you as the wrong option could only lead to aggravation of your painful symptoms. Firstly you must pay close attention to your health condition. If you are known to have circulation related disorders, or diabetes it is best to consult a healthcare professional before settling for over-the-counter inserts.

Also consider the level of activity you wish to engage in. Manufacturers often specify levels of activities which the insert is recommended for. Another important aspect is to try it on before purchase to find the right fit which is essential. You could also take your shoes along to make sure the insert fits that particular style of shoe you are targeting.

Author's Bio: 

Jerome Julian has expert knowledge in foot-care, and writes about the orthotic shoe inserts and the arch support insoles, also recommends to check out