Taking care of your feet is essential to being able to function normally throughout the day. Having proper balance and support in your shoes is the number one way you can lower any pain that may be occurring. While the shoes themselves are of importance, the more important factor is having the proper shoe insoles.
With the right insole in your shoe, you can reduce or completely remove plantar injuries as well as lower back pain. When the foot’s bio mechanical symmetry is disrupted, stress is transmitted throughout the tendons, muscles, ligaments, and bones.
As the stress increases and more wear and tear occurs, you develop pain. Pain shows that the foot’s function is out of sync. You may have developed a change in foot trajectory between heel strike and toe-off, have differentiation in pivotal speed between feet, or have variation in the force on the sole of the foot.
Now in regard to plantar injuries, they involve tiny tears in the plantar, which is a tendon sheet on the bottom of your foot. This injury will disrupt your balance and your ability to run or walk. You may feel a sort of cramping sensation when trying to walk if you have this type of injury.
Your feet are most important to the stability of your entire body. Everything starts with your feet. If they are out of alignment, then the rest of your body’s alignment may be negatively impacted as a result. This can especially effect the pelvis area and lower spine. Consistently being misaligned will create pain in the lower back.
Other stressful factors from daily life include:
- standing for hours at a time
- downward force of gravity
- repetitive motions like running or jumping
- being overweight.
Along with cushioning the foot, it also needs help with the plantar vault, metatarsal arch, and extra cushioning for the heel.
The best choices for insoles to choose from are ones that provide added support to all problem areas at once. You’ll want one that provides heel support, arch support, and cushioning for the toes.
Also, each type of shoe is different. Dress shoes will obviously have different stressful implications than running shoes or work boots. You use these shoes for differing environments from one another; therefore, know when and where you’ll be wearing them. In some cases, you may just need a simple heel wedge to correct the problem.
Always take plenty of time to try out a shoe before buying it. You should never purchase shoes you aren’t absolutely certain will fit you right. Furthermore, a lot of places that sell shoes will also carry accompanying insoles for you to buy if you wish.
Retail outlets where you could look for shoe insoles would be local pharmacies such as Rite-Aid and CVS, as well as larger stores like Wal-Mart and BJ’s. A specialist can also talk with you and lead you in the direction of an insert that’s right for you. No matter the type of shoe, whether it be Ugg Australia, New Balance, Sperry Topsider, Dansko, or Clarks, there is always the possibility of needing a little extra support.
Your feet are the foundation to the rest of your body. Supporting them properly with insoles should be one of your top priorities to sustaining a healthy physical life.