Suffering from sore, tight and painful feet from having plantar fasciitis? Then you are not alone as plantar fasciitis is an extremely common foot injury that affects a lot of people around the globe. It is estimated that at least 1 in ten people will suffer from plantar fasciitis once in their lifetime.
If you are suffering from plantar fasciitis then one thing that may help is buying some plantar fasciitis insoles that will take strain of your arches and let your feet heal.
Plantar fasciitis is caused when excessive strain and pressure damages the plantar fascia ligament that supports the arch of your foot. This excessive strain and pressure is usually caused through biomechanical imbalances in your feet thus the best insoles for plantar fasciitis are ones that are designed to correct these biomechanical imbalances and take away as much stress and pressure off the feet as possible. To do this Plantar fasciitis insoles should properly position your feet into natural position, support your feet during the gait cycle as well as give your feet protection from shocks whilst you wear them. Currently, there are many different insoles to available to buy that are meant to help with this foot condition but finding the right ones for your feet isn’t an easy task. That is why we have created this guide of the top 10 best insoles to buy to buy if you have plantar fasciiitis or want to prevent yourself from developing it in the first place.
Our list of the very best Plantar Fasciitis Insoles
1. FootReviver Plantar fasciitis insoles
First on our list are the Footreviver arch support insoles. If you have flat feet or high arches then you are more prone to developing excessive pronation which can increase strain on your feet and trigger plantar fasciitis. These insoles are designed to help support your entire foot and provide rigid arch support where you need it the most. By doing this these insoles help to correct the biomechanical function of your feet taking strain off your feet reducing the rick of over use injuries such as plantar fasciitis and Achilles Tendinitis.
These insoles are made from specially crafted EVA material that deplete shock as you walk and run preventing shock from causing damage to the ligaments, tendons and bones found in your feet and lower limbs.
Due to the fact that your Achilles tendon is connected to the plantar fascia it means that if the Achilles tendon is tight then more than likely to develop Achilles tendon as well as plantar fasciitis. This is because the plantar fascia will also be tight increasing your chances of developing plantar fascitiis as a result. These insoles have been designed with Heel cup technology that will take strain and tightness off your Achilles tendon helping to prevent damage to the Achilles and plantar fascia. Added heel cup technology will also help to stop your feet from moving around in your shoes in a way that could damage them helping you to avoid foot and ankle sprains or developing blisters from the sides of your foot rubbing against the sides of your shoes..
2. FootReviver arch support insoles
If you are looking for some insoles that will give your feet the very best arch support and will help to correct the biomechanics of your feet then look no further. If you already have plantar fasciitis wearing these insoles can help to eliminate all of the most common biomechanical and functional problems that contribute to plantar fasciitis allowing your feet to recovery properly and faster. A pair of these Footrevivers will give your feet all the protection and support that they need by supporting the longitudinal (medial and lateral) arches as well as the anterior transverse arch helping to get rid of as much strain and pressure off your arches as possible
If you have high arches or flat feet you are more susceptible to excessive pronation which can cause excessive pressure and strain on your feet and make you more susceptible to plantar fasciitis and other foot injuries. These insoles make sure to correct the pronation in your feet by stopping your foot from rolling forward to much during the gait cycle.
Wearing a pair of these inside your shoes doesn’t just help with easing plantar faciitis, you can also be wear them to help prevent and treat other foot injuries too. For example they will help with metatarsalgia and Morton’s neuroma by supporting and protecting the balls of your feet via the inbuilt metatarsal pads added to the insoles.
Heel cups technology added to these insoles makes sure to hold your feet in the correct position and improve balance and stability to your heels and ankles easing Achilles tendinitis and preventing sprains and strains.
3. Shoewawa arch support insoles
These are a perfect choice for giving your feet the appropriate support that they require if you have plantar fasciitis. Firm arch support provides far superior support and is a lot more healthier for your feet and comfortable than insoles that have been made out of softer materials, that is why they have been made to provide your feet with firm arch support construction to give your feet more sturdy and stable arch support.
Our insoles shave also been made to provide the very best pronation control, making sure that your feet do not over pronate or under pronate whilst you walk helping to reduce strain on the arch of your foot as a result. Not only do these insoles help to keep your feet feeling comfy they can also help them to stay fresh too. These insoles have been made antimicrobial EVA material with breathable holes to help prevent the build up of bacteria and keep your feet feeling fresh all day long.
4. Shoewawa shock absorbing insoles
The Shoewawa Sport insoles are one of our most popular insoles that we sell. They are perfect for those with low to medium arched feet and love sport! They offer a little less arch support than our plantar fasciitis insoles but are lightweight, have excellent shock absorbing properties and have flexible soles that adapt to just about any surface making them perfect for running. These insoles are also pretty good at pronation control which will help to prevent your feet from falling into a position that could cause damage to them during the gait cycle. With built in heel cup that supports your foot improving your stability and preventing pressure from building up underneath your heels means that you can be on your feet for as long as you want wearing these insoles without worrying about heel or foot ache.
5. Shoewawa running insoles
Shoewawa running insoles have firm support and advanced cushioning, designed to improve comfort whilst also providing your feet with optimum stability as well. They are great for minimizing or eliminating the pain connected with plantar fasciitis as they help to reduce the strain on the arches and absorb shock. The top layer of these insole is made from memory foam. This memory foam layer will provide your feet with a custom level of support that adapts and supports your foot when you walk or run.
A metatarsal pad has been in built into their design to help with ball of foot pain. This metatarsal pads helps to support and protect the ball of your foot and prevent metatarsalgia. The heel of these insoles use heel cup technology to protect your feet from damage by spreading pressure that can build up underneath your feet and evenly across your hole foot. The heel cup will also support your heel ensuring it does not twist or move in a way that could damage your foot or ankle. Breathable holes have been added to these insoles to circulate air around your feet helping them to feel fresh all day long.
6. Shoewawa heel cup Inserts
These heel cups may not technically be insoles but they are still something to definitely consider. These heel cups provide a firm and adaptive arch support due to them having a double layer sole, and a shock-absorbing heel cushion, that also supplies enhanced comfort and stability. These heel cups help to take strain off the ankle and prevent ankle instability helping to reduce the risk of developing ankle sprains and ankle tendinitis. They can be fitted into just about any type of shoe and can be easier to fit and take out again when needed. Due to the small size of these heel cups you can place them on top of other insoles in your shoes for extra support and comfort if needed.
7. Foot arch supports
Technically these aren’t insoles but foot supports that strap around your foot cushioning and supporting your arch as you walk. One of the best things about these foot straps is that you can wear around the house without needing to wear shoes! Not only will they help to support your foot but they will also help to support and protect the balls of your feet to treat and prevent metatarsalgia. Made from super soft memory foam material that absorbs shock and provide superior comfort and protection to your feet.
How insoles can help you!
The plantar fascia is a ligament found on the bottom of your foot. It is connects the ball of your foot, to heel bone. Excessive strain and pressure on this ligament can cause it to become damage and inflamed resulting in plantar fasciitis. There are various things which can lead to the development of this foot condition, however , the most common causes are sudden weight gain, continuous standing for long periods, or biomechanical imbalances which all can cause excessive strain on the plantar fascia causing inflammation.
Since the plantar fascia’s normal job is to provide support and shock absorption to your feet if the plantar fascia becomes inflamed the plantar fascia can no longer properly function which can cause additional problems to the entire foot as a result. Insoles can help provide your feet with the support and control that they need in order to counter and treat plantar fasciitis.
Insoles can help stop this from occurring. The best orthotic insoles for plantar fasciitis are designed to reduce as much pain and discomfort brought on by plantar fasciitis as possible by re-positioning your foot in the most suitable way in order to take stress off your plantar fascia.
To be able to give your feet the most effective and most suitable treatment, there are a few things that you might want to keep in mind before buying. It is a really good idea to make your decision based upon what your own feet need. Don’t just go with the cheapest insole that you can find. You should focus on buying based on the level of support that they will provide you and not how much they cost. Find out what foot type you are. Different foot types require different insoles. For example feet that have low arches will require lots of arch support while feet that over pronate will need insoles that correct pronation. Picking the wrong insert can worsen your plantar fasciitis. So, it is critical to pick a pair of insoles that are right for you and will get rid of underlining causes of your plantar fasciitis.
What you should look out for!
If you have plantar fasciitis you need to keep strain of their arches, the best way to do this is to wear insoles with rigid arch support. Research has proven that arch support insoles give people with plantar fasciitis considerably more comfort and relief than other inserts that merely provide cushioning to the feet.
The best kind of arch support insoles are ones that give rigid support to all three sections of the arch (medial, lateral and the anterior transverse arch). Usually a good pair of insoles will feel hard and uncomfortable to wear at first and your feet will need to get used to the support this is known as the break in period. Once your feet are accustomed to your new insoles you should start to feel an improvement in your general foot comfort. You can either buy off the shelf insoles or you can opt to buy custom made insoles.
You can get a pair of custom inserts from either physiotherapist or podiatrist however these insoles can be extremely expensive. Both off the shelf insoles and custom inserts do the required job of giving your feet stability and fixing pronation. However just because custom insoles are more expensive does not necessarily mean that they are the best option for you. Sometimes a pair of off the shelf insoles can ease plantar fasciitis better than the more expensive custom insoles. This is because custom insoles are made from a cast of your feet in the position that is causing your plantar fasciitis rather than correcting the position of your feet. Custom insoles may also over support your feet meaning your feet will weaken and become dependent on them. However having said that, if you suffer from diabetes or circulation problems, then a pair of custom insoles tailored to your specific needs is almost certainly the best choice.
Prior to buying a pair of insoles, you will need to do some proper research and know how you are going to use them. If you are a runner you will place great deal of pressure on your plantar fascia when you run. This means that there are lots of different things that you must think about if you are a runner wanting to buy a new pair of orthotics. For example, pronation control and foot stabilization are among the most crucial criteria for a runner’s insoles, whilst an individual who just need insoles because they are on their feet all day will find that a pair with arch support and an elevated heel will help the most for them.
No matter whether you are professional athlete or just some one who spends a lot of time on your feet, the vast majority of people who suffer from plantar fasciitis will agree that the best insoles are the ones that make your feet the most comfortable! A lot of individuals with plantar fasciitis will feel reasonably comfortable in their new insoles as soon as they start wearing them. However, some individuals may feel uncomfortable in them and will need to “break in” the insoles first before they start feeling comfortable to wear. Breaking into your insoles can be done through steadily getting used to the insole through wearing them more and more.
A pair of custom insoles tend to be very expensive compared to off the shelf ones this is because lots of work goes into designing and making them. First of all, your podiatrist will carry out a biomechanical evaluation of your feet and will look at your gait. Then your podiatrist will make a plaster cast of your feet. Then, you will be prescribed a pair of inserts based upon a number of factors including; the shape of your fee, your body weight, how active you are, if you have any foot problems, as well as the type of shoe that you will be wearing with the insoles. The orthopaedic lab is then able to make your insoles, they will usually take 2-3 weeks to do so and then send you them once they are finished.
People who opt for the custom option will usually get a professional opinion regarding the exact causes of their plantar fasciitis and how best to correct them. Whilst if you go for the off the shelf option for plantar fasciitis the insoles may help to make your foot feel a lot better but will not really solve the underlining problem thus the plantar fasciitis comes back as a result. Wearing plantar fasciitis insoles might also mask a even more severe health problem.
Custom inserts will also usually last far longer than off the shelf insoles, for example custom inserts typically have a lifespan of around two years on average. Whilst the the average life span of an off the shelf insole is usually only a couple of months.
Depending upon on exactly where you are located and what your feet require, a pair of custom inserts for plantar fasciitis can cost be very costly! Whilst, off the shelf insoles cost a lot less, especially for children and teenagers whose foot size can often changes very quickly Research has indicated that off the shelf insoles work better for plantar fasciitis are actually more effective at dealing with underlining causes of plantar fasciitis than than prescription custom made insoles and some podiatrist have also said that too many prescriptions are being given out to patients with plantar fasciitis when a pair of off the shelf insoles would work.
What makes a good pair of insoles?
-As previously mentioned a good pair of insoles should ease not just plantar fasciitis pain but also work towards easing and correcting the underlining functional and biomechanical imbalances that are causing your plantar fasciitis.
-You should be able to wear your insoles inside about any type of shoe you like without them making your shoes feel bulky or tight.
-They should feature a deep heel cup that will give your feet stability, comfort, increased shock absorption and will help to reduce the overall stress on your foot, knees and ankles. Which is essential if you are wanting to rid of plantar fasciitis once and for all.
-Based on on your individual foot injury and what is causing it, insoles can help to greatly relieve pain in a very short space of time.
-Your new insoles should feel more comfortable and protect your feet better than than those that come as standard inside your shoes.
-More often than not your new insoles SHOULD make uncomfortable shoes comfy again and mean that you do not have to spend a ton of money buying a new pair of shoes.
Questions you should ask yourself before buying
Here are a few question that you need to ask your self before buying a pair of insoles.
Are you wearing the right sort of shoes? Buying a good pair of insoles is all well and good but if the shoes that you are wearing are not right you may still get injured. You should wear shoes that have plenty of room to accommodate the insole. You should also make sure that the shoes do not push your foot into a position that is uncomfortable or unnatural which could cause stress on your arches and worsen your plantar fascitis. You can read our Shoewawa guide to the best shoes for standing in all day here which may give you some ideas of what shoes to buy.
Do they provide your feet with the right sort of support? If you have over or under pronation you should buy a pair that correct pronation of the feet.
Do they have adequate shock absorption? Shock absorption really is crucial. Continual Shock no matter how small can overtime shocks can wear away your joints, cause micro damage to develop on tendons and can cause a number of different injuries throughout the body as a result. Protecting your feet and stopping shocks from occurring when walking, running or jumping can be achieved by wearing insoles made from EVA and other shock absorbing materials.
Are they durable enough? If you are buying insoles and you are a runner, athlete, or just very active on your feet your insoles will need to be made from high quality durable materials, this will ensure that they will stand the test of time. Ones that are not made from hard wearing and strong material will wear out fast and will no longer provide your feet with adequate shock absorption or arch support.
Are you shopping for the cheapest or the best? When it comes to buying a pair of inserts it is best to ignore the price and go with a pair that best fits the needs of your feet. If you choose to go for the cheapest you might find that they do not offer the level of support, protection or quality that you need from a pair of insoles that you will be wearing every day!